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Songwriting – How to Easily Write a Strong Melody

April 15th, 2013 by

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Great melodies are crucial to great songs. This video will show you how you can easily come up with a solid, memorable melody. you’ll learn an easy technique for writing effective, singable melodies your listeners will be singing, even after your song is over.

Use A Musical Motif

Some of the things that I found very useful for songwriting is the use of a musical motif.  A motif a short musical phase that is used as a foundation for a melody.  For a motif to work it must be repeated several time in the song section.  In the video Anthony creates a musical phase based on the motif.  The phase is then altered and modified to create some variations.  The first variation is to add additional notes to the original motif.  The second variation is to shorten the phase by removing some of the notes from the motif. (more…)

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    How many of these craft worthy details can you point to in the song? The title is up front, the first line of the chorus? It is repeated for memorability? The lyrics express a new way of presenting the familiar? They are clichŽ free? The lyrics paint vivid images with word pictures? The song/melody is short enough and simple enough to catch the listener’s ear and be recognizable the first time it’s heard? The song has a touch of suspense or mystery about it that pulls the listener in?