I have posted before about improvisation but may be jumping ahead of myself, I am familiar with basic music theory and have knowledge of major/minor scales and chords. I am interested in composition and before learning to compose a full song (which is what I previously asked for) I'm interested in creating melodies and techniques which would help me figure this out instead of spending so many years with trial and error. I have got a fair few tips out of the book by Michael Miller - Music Theory & Music Composition including: -Stay within the scale -Mix steps and skips -Variety -Degree of repetition
When I sit at the keyboard I cannot come up with anything remotely creative or good and want to get better/develop this skill and focus on it so I can apply it to my own compositions. Any books, tips etc. that will help.
Also, having studied basic theory and being familiar, what's the next step or would help with composing or is down to tonnes of practice, it's difficult for me because I really cannot get anything good yet.
Additionally, I recreated some MIDI files of piano which I found really inspiring (got me into all of this) and was wondering how to apply tips and tricks I can use towards my own creations. For example, I know I need to learn chord inversions and extending chords as that's been used but as far as the melodies go, each piece is unique and I'm not sure how to dissect it to help me write my own and figure out why it works..