How to write a good melody?
Here are a few things which
you should be thinking
- What type of mood are you trying to create
- What is the tempo
- What instrument/voice are you writing for and
what is its range
- Have a good balance between steps and leaps
- Have a catchy idea and repeat ( or nearly
- Have a climax to your melody
We will start by completing a few short question
and answer phrases. This time we will start with 2 bars +
2 bars phrases
Here is an example of this kind of question and
Notice how the melody starts on the dominant note.
Its general shape jumps up at the beginning and works its way back down to
the dominant at the end of the first two bars. This general shape is
repeated for the answer, ending of the dominant
Here are a number of examples for you to try
Now try a few 4 bar + 4 bar
phrases, here are some examples.
How to start creating your own 8 bar melody?
Pick a key which is easy for you to
write in and suitable for the voice/ instrument which you want.
You should start your melody on the tonic (1st) or
the dominant (5th) note of that key e.g.
In the key of G you could start on a G or a D but finishing on a G will
make your melody sound more complete.
Create your 4 bar question first. Try to build up to a
climax ending on the tonic note an octave higher or the dominant.
Finally compose your own answer and try to use some of the rhythms
and shapes used in the question. Finish on the tonic note.
DEVELOP A MELODY?
are a wide variety of different way in which you can develop and vary your
Try to create your own 16 bar melody using some of
the devices above
Again decided on your key and instrument/voice. Start on the tonic
Compose your question of 8 bars in length including Repetition,
Compose your answer of 8 bars in length including other devices
mentioned. Finish on the tonic note.
YOU COULD NOW
ADD CHORDS TO THIS MELODY