Avery Posted June 2, 2019 Report Share Posted June 2, 2019 Hey guys, Realize I've been away for several years now, (as part of an overall effort to spend less time on internet forums.) But I've been checking this place from time to time. I hope you'll bear with me now...Couldn't think of a better place to pose this question. Anyway, I'd be really curious to get some feedback about something that's been a struggle for me for some time: How to write a good melody when writing a song. [that is a song you sing to, not an instrumental piece]. Everyone talks about lyrics, everyone talks about chords and instrumentation, but it seems like no one really talks about melody. Whenever I try to come up with a melody to sing to when writing a song, it sounds way too similar to the chords I'm playing underneath. But in any good song I cover, I can tell that melody is similar but also really different than the chords that you play. I've bought a book or two on songwriting but it seems that they are too formal and technical when discussing melody, and I don't think real world songwriters follow the approach in these books. I do know some basic theory, but still, these books seem a little excessive. I can also tell that if you listen to enough music [whether rock, country, pop, folk, whatever] songwriters are obviously digging into the same bag of tricks, because I often catch myself thinking oh, these 3 songs have a similar type of chorus. Or, this artist always composes similar melodies. So, what is your approach to making a good melody? I hope this gets some responses; I know there are a lot of good songwriters here, but the forum has been awfully quiet recently. Avery Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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