I'm back with a more specific question. I read in a book entitled 'Complete Idiots Guide for Music Composition' which has a detailed discussion on writing melodies and techniques to do so. As I have been struggling quite a bit, I looked into it and found about stable (1, 5, 3) and unstable tones (6, 2, 4, 7).
I started looking into melodies that I've transcribed and found a few common themes such as: -7th degree always resolves to the 1st, 3rd or 5th degree of the scale -4th is most commonly resolved to 5th -The melody can end on a 2nd or 6th degree without too much tension
I wanted to know if this is something that composers start thinking about when making melodies? I suppose this would be playing by ear to what sounds good but it's helpful to know as a beginner to help out with writing my own melodies - can anyone expand on the topic or give ideas on how I can utilise this information further to improve my own melodies?