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How to Write a Memorable Melody

By Edited May 17, 2015 0 0

This article will give you a brief overview of how to create a fundamental melody.

Things You Will Need

First of all, you would benefit from having a simple keyboard. You can also find online keyboards with numerous sound banks to help you create a melody by using a search engine and type in what you are looking for.

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A melody is a tune, the part that you sing if someone asks you to sing "Three Blind Mice," "Eleanor Rigby" or any other song. In an instrumental piece, it is the single line of the structure that you can hum or whistle; it makes no difference if it's a symphony, a complex jazz suite, nursery thyme or a country and western tune. Some dictionaries refer to the melody as the air, while others call it the tune of a song.

If you have ever taken a music theory class, you know that the melody can be divided into smaller sections called phrases, and these phrases can be broken down into what textbooks call motives or motifs. What does all this mean?

You're undoubtedly familiar with the opening part of the Beatle; "Hey, Jude." The words "Hey , Jude" and the two notes and the rhythm they are set to constitute a motive: a recognizable, if minute, musical theme that identifies the song.

If you break songs down in this manner, you'll notice that the motives are often surprisingly simple, rearranged in different rhythmic patterns, or repeated in a different order. Sometimes, a single not is repeated several times, such as the opening porting of John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High". But motives don't all follow one particular pattern. They may consist of notes that are close together, or may jump intervals in the melody, such as in "Feelings" o "Send in the Clowns."

Even if you are unable to read music, you should be able to follow the notes or numbers on a keyboard chart. The numbers are written in sequences telling you the order in which you should play the notes. The number 1 is the first note followed by the number 2 etc…

So why is the melody so important?

· Most people will remember a lyric apart from the tune.

· People may remember the tune and not the lyrics.

· A good melody can be used to a variety of musical genres. In other words, you can change styles of the way the tune or melody is played and it will still sound good.

I would suggest that you study easy tunes and memorable songs.



In conclusion, melodies sounding so simple can be extremely difficult to produce. With this in mind, I would suggest studying various melodies produced by well known artists. Think of melodies you already know, write them down, and then try writing your own unique melody down.

You could easily become a hit song writer.

Tips & Warnings

Warning: creativity may be involved.
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