Can someone teach me how to write melodies like:

I know basic theory but I don't know how to generate melodies.

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    No doubt someone can teach you, so the answer's yes. But that's not what you need to know? As it stands, the question is far too vague to obtain helpful answers. Can you be more specific? 'Basic theory' doesn't give us many clues either, as to what depth to give answers in. – Tim Jan 12 '19 at 10:59
  • Look up music teachers in your area, or take a course at a local College or community center. And I agree with Tim, this question does not meet the standards for this site. – ggcg Jan 12 '19 at 13:49

Two things: (Besides the usual academic path to composition)

  1. In many areas of life, complicated skills can be developed by first copying others, by repeating literally what others are doing. Your brain develops a feel, a map for that thing, and gradually becomes able to produce its own version of the same.

If you want to compose and don't know from where to begin: start by writing down others' compositions. Pick something you like, listen to it many times, write it down in standard notation.

Obviously, start with something simple. Choose a simple song, and write it down, melody and chords. Have your instrument nearby to check notes and chords before you write them down.

Besides being a great training for your ear, after you have written down a good number of tunes you will discover that your brain will start to come up with its own ideas, new melodies, and so on. Write them down and build from there.

  1. Always record yourself when you practice and when you improvise or try things out by yourself or with others.

Later on, when you listen to yourself, you will find a number of good little musical ideas. A phrase here, a riff there, three notes that sound real good, and so on. Save these bits, and use them as the starting point of whole phrases, motifs, and whole tunes.

  1. Stick to it. When writer's block come, make it a habit to keep going even if right then the ideas are not so good, you will soon find your vein again, and in fact you'll often do your best work after your brain has gone through a dry spell.

Can someone teach me how to write melodies like ...

Yes, someone can. But probably nobody wants to.

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  • learning to write music is almost the same as learning to speak. you learn at first a few words by repeating, soon you are able to copy whole sentences. and later you will be able to transform them and express your own thoughts. but very seldom you will think or tell something that hasn't been told somewhere else by someone else. my first writings were just a mix of an LP that I had been listening to the whole day. I didn't realize it first. most of my songs I could later identify where they came from and sometimes it was even more or less the same song, at least it was the same harmony. – Albrecht Hügli Jan 12 '19 at 16:06

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