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Make Better Music 19: Chicken and Egg Melodies

Make Better Music 19: Chicken and Egg Melodies. Lessons in music composition, song writing, artistic motivation and making better music from David Graham.

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I often write melodies by finding a nice chord sequence and then working out a melody to go over it.

I think quite a lot of people do this, and it’s a good way of working.

However, if this does ring a bell with you, I suggest you try working the other way round…it’s harder, yes, but can yield much better results, as it relies on imagination first and leaves your tune with no place to hide it’s weaknesses.

Write your melody first, and put chords to it. This not only has the benefit of potentially making your melody stronger as a tune in it’s own right, but that it is not tied to the first set of chords you come up with…you can reharmonise it through your song. This is a fantastic way of creating strong,

deep variation – if it’s done well.

It is harder, and more frustrating when you hit a creative wall and can’t come up with anything. When inspiration strikes however, use it and get that melody down! Get it down somewhere where you can listen to it or play it on it’s own. Make sure it sounds good and strong to you. THEN you can start on the chords and the rest.

Make Better Music is updated every tuesday.
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