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Songwriting Tip: Melody Is Like A Fingerprint or Signature

No Comments 27 June 2016

Songwriting Tip: Melody Is Like A Fingerprint or Signature

From the USA Songwriting Competition blog: In my songwriting course, I cover melody and chords as well as lyrics. I’ve learned so much about songwriters this way. Melodies don’t always reflect the actual personality of the composer the way handwriting might, but it certainly stays within a certain box with his or her name on it.

Some songwriters in their melodies stay very step-wise, using notes that are close to each other most of the time and with a lot of rhythmic repetition. Some love leaps of a particular nature leading to an unexpected chord. Some composers write the melody over the chords but think of the chords before the melody. Some add chords after the melody is written. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out one’s on chronology since the chords and melody affect each other so intimately. One thing I’ve noticed for sure: If a writer can’t hear chords and pick out other people’s chords by ear, his/her chords will sound arbitrary and will have to be “thought out” rather than “heard” when he or she is composing a melody. Click on the link below to read more…

Author: Harriet Schock, USA Songwriting Competition blog

Read More/Original Source: http://www.songwriting.net/blog/melody-fingerprint-signature

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