I’m a noob when it comes to making music but I have a little problem when creating melodies/chords. I made a nice loop in fl studio but I feel it’s to repetitive. I’ve tried adding more chords and melodies to that loop ( as in extending the chords/melody so it doesn’t have to much repetition) that I created but nothing sounds good. when I added extra chords/ melodies if feels like it has no sense of direction and does not sound good. In my mind I feel like it’s missing something but idk what or how to apply it. Do you guys have any tips on how to make your melodies/ chords less repetitive? Also Just to clarify the reason I’m asking is because I trying to have my 8 bar loop reapeat a few times and then switch it up ya know what I mean.
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I've recently been doing some collaborative songwriting and have spent a fair bit of time thinking about what makes a song boring/exciting. Here's a short list of what has applied to me (by no means a complete list):
- Tone colour - use different instruments/sounds to play the same melody/chords. Add effects to your instruments
- Texture - layer multiple instruments, or a single instrument, or fade them in/out from each other
- Rhythm of the chord changes - Perhaps you normally to write 1 chord per measure; try having one chord over 2 measures to add some space, or add some energy by changing chords every beat!
- Speed of the melody - use a mix of shorter and longer notes for a melody
- Use chord extensions - add your 9ths, 11ths, 13ths to your chords for that jazzy feel!
Here is a long term answer:
You may want to look into Joseph Shillinger or the Shillinger System of composition. Joe created a method of composition that used mathematics to compose and arrange. Many notable composers such as Gershwin, Goodman, Hollywood and Broadway composers employ his method. Oh, RIP Michel LeGrand. Another less cerebral method is Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies.
First though, study music theory. Then listen and sing everything including everything. If it is not in you, it can't come out and, it will all crosspollinate once it is within you.
Then embrace tension, irregularity and chaos. The brain can easily get bored but when there is tension, the brain wakes up. Sing the opening strains of "Maria" "Bali Ha'i" or "Girl From Ipanema." Notice how they dabble around sevens, flat fifths or seconds. Those are all tension notes and in turn make the brain crave resolution.
You can see where it is going. Scrawl out the rest of the song for yourself or, hit the Berkeley School of Music site for the whole thing.
In addition, work on upper and lower neighbors around chord tones, then passing tones around chord tones. Melody often weaves around chords and upper and lower neighbors surrounding chords, especially before a resolving note, can add some tasty tension.
Arpeggiators are cool. I don't use fl but I imagine it has one. If not, you are screwed. Just kidding. Creative use of fx like delay, phasing, panning, etc. can make a solid but blah sounding progression more distinctive. Regrader and Crusher X are two plugins that are free and fun (to me anyway) to run tracks through and experiment with what comes out.