How to compose a melody - basics
A very powerfull tip for composing a melody is to use the power of three. In short, this means that a motiv is repeated three times, whereby the third version is extended. A motiv is a short line of music, a theme, mostly comming to your mind as a single line. During this blog-post we will help you to develop a mtoiv into a verse.
Let's say that your motive is Ab, Bb, Eb, Eb (set your scale to Eb in the song settings screen). You can play this on a Eb chord. start out at the left Ab and play towards the middle note of the Melody Music Maker keybopard. Try it! Ab (short), Bb (short), Eb (short), Eb (long)......
Now try to develop this theme to twice its length, whilst keeping a similar rythm and feel.
Ab, Bb, Eb, Eb(long),
Ab, Bb, Eb, Eb(long),
(continue at the right of the last Eb): F , G , Ab, Bb, Bb (long), D , Eb, Eb(long), -(pauze), Eb(middle note), Eb (middle note, long)
The lines listed here above can be repeated for two or even four times to create a complete verse. If you play this a few times then you can start to put more soul & feel into it, it's a bit of exercise.
This is basically it, a quick and effecetive method to create a powerfull and very recognizable piece of music. Now the challange is yours: take a motiv and try to work out a developed motiv and play it on the rythm you like. It's fun to make muisc!
Chord progression basics
In this Blog we will discuss some chord progression examples. Initially we will show a few samples for the major and minor scales, this is very suitable for beginners. In next posts we will also focus on Blues and pentatonic scales.
To explain the chord progressions I will use numbers as listed right. This has the advantage of being independent of rootkeys (eg. C, D, f#, etc.)
The basic chord progression is: 1, 4, 5, 1
If you want to make the chrod progression stronger then try 1, 2, 5, 1
A commonly used progression in the pop music is: 6, 4, 5, 1
you can also string a few chrod progressions together, eg: 1, 2, 5, 1, 6, 4, 5, 1
Try a bit with these chord progressions in major as wel as minor scales. you will find that the major scale results in a more stronger melody whilst the minor scale will result in a more fragile mood.
Speaking of fragile moods, here a few chord progressions to emphasize the fragile mood:
Short progression: 2,3
Longer Fragile progrerssion: 6, 5, 4, 5, 6
Fragile progressions ask for attention and shake things up. It is good practice to follow these progressions with a strong progression eg.: 6, 5, 4, 5, 6, 1, 4, 5, 1 Fragile progressions are mostly used in the verse part of the song. There you can use these progressions to indicate that something is going to happen.
Feel free to play around with these progressions and experiment, you will see that it is fun to explore this and tell your stories through music.