Writing songs is usually a personal process. What works for you may not work for others, which is why most composers write their song. Writing songs is the process of discovering sound, melody, and lyrics that harmoniously complement each other. With this in mind, here are 10 tips on composing music: (more…)
10 Tips on Composing Music was last modified: July 27th, 2018 by Darren Perkins
A song’s melody is perhaps the most important element of the song. Writing a good melody should not be difficult. However the songwriter must understand certain principles associated with writing a good melody.
The bedrock of music belongs to the melody. This is one of the most important aspects that make a great song. It is what makes a song memorable. (more…)
What is a Melody? was last modified: December 30th, 2019 by John Pape
Here is a technique you can use to create and compose melodies. All you need is a few everyday items to create an unlimited number of melodic ideas. This will help you when you need to generate new ideas. Here is what you will need to get started:
In this post we will explore Songwriting Rhythm Patterns. When a composer writes a melody they work with two basic elements. These elements are tone and rhythm. Tone is the pitch and rhythm is the duration of the note being played. Let’s take a look at rhythm. For this exercise I limited shortest note duration to a quarter note. What I found was there are only 16 rhythm pattern combinations. In the info-graphic is the result of those patterns. (more…)
Songwriting Rhythm Patterns was last modified: December 19th, 2019 by John Pape
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…)
Songwriting – How to Easily Write a Strong Melody was last modified: January 6th, 2020 by John Pape
It helps to realize that going back to the creative mode (read: put down the guitar, walk away from the keyboard) for additional ideas, without giving up the original concept is not only possible, but sometimes it’s necessary.