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The Close Encounters theme.

My exact thought when I read the thread title.

 

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Funny, that was the one that popped into my head as well. I'm not sure it will resonate with the given audience, but I'll keep it in my back pocket as an option.

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The Close Encounters theme.

My exact thought when I read the thread title.

 

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+1

 

That was my thought also.

 

On the other hand, if you're presenting to a group of teenagers, it might be a little "long in the tooth" for them to recognize.

 

Others that leap to mind might include.

 

Shave and a hair cut

Jeopardy theme

2001 A Space Odyssesy (also sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss)

 

I still think the Close Encounters theme is a clear winner.

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Does it have to be exactly five notes?

 

If they are rockers, how 'bout the intro to Separate Ways by Journey, Baba O'Reily by The Who, or that sample & hold intro thing to Karn Evil 9 by ELP?

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First thing that came to my mind was to grab a 5 note snippet out of Gary Glitter's Rock 'n' Roll .... but I just got drafted to sit in with my kid's high school pep band. LOL

 

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Teenagers? Would any melodies they recognize have that many notes?

 

Lady Gaga - Pocker Face - the part that goes "Oh, Woh-oh oh oh.) (5 notes)

Lady Gaga - The Edge of Glory - the "To-night yea ba-by" (also 5 notes)

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Yeah, Close Encounter would be the classic... some of the others mentioned here might not be so recognizable absent underlying chords or the right sound...

 

Who exactly is the audience? Some people have assumed it's kids, but do we know that?

 

Maybe not for kids, but another very recognizable 5-note melody that comes to mind is the first line or Somewhere from West Side Story... ("There's a place for us")

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If it is just 5 unique notes, with repetition:

 

Amazing Grace (which is pentatonic) (sol - la - do -re -mi)

or

the "A" section of Ode to Joy (Beethoven's 9th) (do re mi fa sol)

 

 

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If it is just 5 unique notes, with repetition:

 

Amazing Grace (which is pentatonic) (sol - la - do -re -mi)

or

the "A" section of Ode to Joy (Beethoven's 9th) (do re mi fa sol)

Sitting here at my desk, practicing my best solfege, I really had to work at getting "Amazing Grace" out of those pitches. I finally figured out what was going on. I always hear that song sung soulfully with so many grace notes and slurs that the straight pentatonic didn't sound fmiliar.

 

 

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Close Encounters was the first to jump into my head, quickly followed by Zarathustra.

 

For Amazing Grace, I'd say G C E D E (but I usually goof without an instrument at hand).

 

Evidently someone agrees with me, almost:

http://www.musescoretips.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Amazing-Grace-small-shadow.png

 

Oops. I guess the rest of the crowd is correct. I am yelling too early.
Oh, so it's YOU who always charges in one beat too early! :mad: (How's that workin for ya?)
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Bill Withers' "Lean on Me":

 

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Most folks recognize it within the first 5 notes. :cool:

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