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A Simple Melody
goes a Long Way
put, what is a simple melody? For that matter, what is a simple,
good melody? Here’s a simple answer. A simple, good melody
is a bunch of notes,
with various pitches, strung together in a ‘catchy’
sort of way.
This beckons the question, can a melody be just a few notes, not
varying much in pitch and strung together in a ‘non-catchy’
sort of way? Absolutely! We call this a ‘boring’ melody.
there is a mysterious element of magic that goes into writing a
hit melody, the elements within a melodic line are not mysterious
at all. Rhythm
both play rolls in organizing and delivering punch to modern day
tunes. The former, when altered within a tune, can drastically change
the feel of pre-existing melodic material. As for harmony, melodic
notes often outline basic triads and chords
as part of their pattern.
composer, writing a good tune is like a baseball player’s
grand slam homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, a tennis player’s
Grand Slam trophy, or a hockey player’s championship ring.
Although the elements of a good melody are understood,
how it is achieved in the first place is part of the magic and mystery
that makes song writing and traditional composing all the more attractive.
For more on the mystery of melody, and how to hone your skills in
writing proper elements within that melody, click
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