Questions tagged [melody]

A succession of notes which comprise the principal part in harmonized music.

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Converting Vocal Line into Guitar - Speed, Dynamics

I'm struggling with creating a vocal-less cover version of a song that does have a vocal line in my digital audio workstation. I know exactly what's going on in terms of notes/chord progressions in ...
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Elements of a horror musical song?

When composing horror music for musical drama in general, what does one need to consider as in harmony, melody and rhythm, etc.? For harmony, I am especially interested in what chords are normally ...
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What is the relationship between the melody line and the rhythm chords?

Let's say I've written a song with the chord progression I-IV-V in the key of A (just as an example). So, the chords I'm playing are A-D-E. When playing a lead over this rhythm, what notes do I need ...
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Prepared myself for symphonic writing, still very nervous

History of my compositions and how I feel about composing a symphony I have been composing music for years but it was mostly intermittent and studying music theory. Now it is more regular. I have ...
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Writing specific intervals

Is my answer the following question is correct: Q: What is the augmented seventh from E? A: D double sharp Method Write down the note (of your choosing) on the bottom line of the treble ...
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What notes to sing with chords

Ok, lets say you are playing a guitar and you have a song with 4 chords ( C D Am and F ). Should I sing the C note for C chord and D note for D chord and A note for Am and F note for F chord ? Or ...
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Can the idea of “modulation” be applied outside of harmony?

If you have a "pivot motif", which shares, for example, rhythmic properties of theme A and theme B, and is used to move between the two themes, could you consider this a modulation? What other ...
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Do melodies often use the same combination of intervals?

I've been a touch typist on the keyboard for a long time, and the reason is that I've internalized the shape of every word in my mind because I've typed the same words so many times throughout my life....
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Songs melody range

I'm writing a vocal song and I'm worried about the range of the melody.. for example in C Major key what is the lowest and highest melody I could go ? I appreciate every answers..but..I don't want ...
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Learning to create melodies

I've researched my question on Google before and came across a few threads which I've read a couple of times. So far I've got into music theory and understand scales, how chords are formed, I know ...
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How does AMEB exams mark melody writing?

I just did an AMEB music theory exam online, since it is a practice exam it doesn't get marked (music theory from grade 4 and up is manually marked, instead of marked by a computer). One of the ...
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I can hear the melody, but I can't hear the chords (Lift Every Voice example)

I have been charting chords to gospel songs lately. I did fine on a few but I came up short on "Lift Every Voice" by James Weldon Johnson, version in the key of G. The intro lick is a good example: I ...
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Motifs in melody writing

I read in many books/teachings etc. that the first step for creating a melody is to come up with a motif, and use that for further development. Are all melodies created like that? I hear melodies that ...
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How to use chords and chord websites?

I just started learning how to play piano and only know how to play it note after note. So when I play a song I just play it by memorizing the notes, but not knowing what the chord is or understand ...
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How to make a melody line more full and interesting (piano)?

I'm a beginner piano player and just for fun I like to cover cool songs for piano. I can find chords for left hand and I can find melody line (single voice) by ear, but the problem is how to make ...
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Turning lyrics into melody

Ive currently been having great difficulty turning my lyrics and poems into a melody. i've considered aligning the accented syllables as well as the meter with accented beats but am still having ...
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Sources of musical tension

I understand that harmonic tension occurs when you hang on a chord which "wants" to resolve, like a chord with a leading tone or certain dissonant intervals. Are there other sources of harmonic ...
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I was wondering about theory when it comes the rhythm and contour of melody lines [closed]

Like i was wondering if theres was any kind of way of making sense on how melody lines move or their rhythm. for examples are there rules when it comes to notes being held across bars.
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How do you actually learn how to compose music? [duplicate]

How do you compose a rock song like the person in the video? I've gone through all the books and video tutorials and I still don't know how to make music. I just want to make songs like the person ...
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How do I make melodies out of these chord progressions? [closed]

Key: D Major I ii IV I I: D Major ii: e minor IV: G Major I: D Major
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Melody for haiku poem?

Are there any popular melody or tune to sing a haiku poem?
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How to dramatically change the feeling of a song while keeping the melody largely the same?

How to dramatically change the feeling of a song while keeping the melody largely the same? Let's say we have a happy, upbeat pop song and we want to turn it into a sad song (or vice versa). Is it ...
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Why do some parts of a song sound better than others?

Disclaimer I have no sophisticated taste in music, I most of the time listen to what's on the radio (which is mostly pop and charts). I have a basic understanding of what a note is and what ...
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Term for improvisation (or Melody) based on specific intervals, not notes?

Is there a term for melodic improvisation where only specific intervals are taken into consideration? As an example, Beginning on C, the player then has the option of moving either up or down, (Or ...
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What contributes to an artist's melodic “signature?”

Studying the vocal melodies in recorded pop music, from a theoretical perspective, I have the impression that there are certain musical characteristics that make up the melodic"fingerprint" of an ...
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Eartraining: What to learn after mastering interval recognition?

(This is for relative pitch, absolute pitch gods please don't descend from heaven) I've been learning to recognize intervals for the past year or so, and I have to say I'm very good at it. (Mostly by ...
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Writing a melody that forms second harmonies with a chord progression

When i write a melody over a chord progression, i notice that some of the notes from the melody, form second interval harmonies with the chord notes. Am i allowed, at least as a beginner, to do this ...
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What's a good technical way to come up with melodies in a certain scale?

I'm planning on composing a piece for bassoon and flute. I want to use the whole tone scale mixed with lydian. What are some good practices to come up with melodies?
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Trick to figure out what the proper note to play is when playing in thirds?

Take for example the melody C D E F G A B in the key of c major. If i play the melody in thirds, I have been told that you would play it C E; D F; E G; etc. but some of those form minor 3rds and some ...
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Having trouble understanding my homework

I have some questions about this and my teacher is not understandable at all so I came here looking for answers. I am supposed to write a bassline that has C Am F and G chords on a provided ...
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Why can't drums produce melody?

A note is a vibration at a certain frequency. A drum produces a tone with a certain pitch much like a string percussed with a mallet. Why is a drum unfit for playing a melody while a string inside a ...
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Have John Cage's 'Dream' and 'In a Landscape' (1) Harmony, (2) Melody?

Cage ostensibly shunned harmony, but Dream and In a Landscape (both composed in 1948) sound Impressionist and tonal to me, and obviously not aleatoric. So have they 1. Harmony? 2. Melody? I hazard '...
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Do you always play the melody louder than the accompaniment, unless specified?

The moonlight sonata 1st movement by Beethoven, for example, has a melody on top with an accompaniment with the left AND right hand (starts at measure 5). People usually say that you play the melody ...
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Relation between Pini di Roma and Rutter Magnificat?

I just noticed that the closing of "Quia fecit mihi magna" from the Magnificat by John Rutter (starting at the "Sanctus") is a near-verbatim citation of a passage from movement 2 of Respighi's "Pini ...
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What are name and other examples for the type of break/tempo change near the end of “Be our guest”

My 5 year old daughter is obsessed with the new (2017) version of "Beauty and the Beast" and we are listening to the music non stop for weeks and albeit being a musical grouch it really grew on me. ...
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Why do certain vocal melodies work in context when those same melodies would sound dissonant on instruments?

I've been transcribing more vocal lines lately in songs I like, to go along with the usual instrument transcription I do, and I've noticed something interesting - a lot of my favorite vocal parts ...
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Composing melodies for a song on finger-style guitar

I'm attempting to learn how to create finger-style guitar arrangements of songs. In finger-style arrangements it is very important to include melody, I'm just not quite sure how I should compose a ...
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What determines if counterpoint is good or bad?

I am currently reading through the Complete Musician and the current subject is second species counterpoint. I've written about 5 or 6 counterpoints so far in first and second species. That said ...
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Writing single voice melodies

As far as i understand there are several descriptive concepts to help us analyze the characteristics of a particular melody (such as steps, leaps, melodic contour, disjunct or conjunct motion, for ...
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Struggle improvising guitar with other musicians / band / jam session

I can write decent original guitar / keys melodies in my own time. But when I'm with other musicians I'm lost in a jam session (unrehearsed). I have a handful of times been lucky enough to produce ...
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What would fit over this chromatically descending chord progression? Am, Am/C, B7 and BbMaj7

I was messing around with some arpeggios and stumbled on some chord progression that I really liked. It's something like Am, Am/C, B7 and BbMaj7 The thing is I couldn't play anything on it that ...
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How to turn a “tune” into a “symphonic melody”?

I'm a hobbyist composer and I just started reading Piston's Harmony handbook to recover the basics I never learned. One of the limits I'm trying to overcome is my inability to conceive melodies that ...
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Switching from a guitar - Need advice [closed]

I've been playing guitar for about 10 years. Just as a hobby, not on a professional level and mainly for myself alone. I became less fond of guitars, mainly because they are great for playing chords, ...
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Chords and Melody

I have a chord progression in Octave 3 , Bassline in Octave 1 , and the chorus and verse melody in Octave 2. ( Verse melody is lower pitch than chorus melody ) I wrote the verse and chorus melody in ...
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What distinguishes the melody from the harmony? [duplicate]

What is it about the melody of a song that makes it unique from the harmony? To illustrate, if I hear a men's quartet sing a song I've never heard before in four part harmony where the melody is not ...
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Do Most Pop Songs Have An Instrument Play Chords While The Singer Sings The Melody

I'm very curious if most instruments play a melody at the same time, and work in counterpoint, or it's just a singer playing a melody while some instruments play chords.
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Is there a name or method for the way melody works with harmony?

I noticed that when there's a new chord, the melody is usually one of the chord tones. Then the melody goes off on its own and usually then transitions to another chord tone when the harmony changes ...
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How do I become a better electronic music producer?

I am 18 years old. I love music and I would love to make it and maybe become a music composer. However I do not know anything about music theory or anything. I can't play any instrument or so. When I ...
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Melody vs harmony and context

When a song is playing, what the bass is doing is called harmony. But what if you mute all the other tracks: would the bass alone be called a melody?
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Why these two songs sound similar?

I'm not a music theory expert but found two songs that sound suspiciously similar and no information on the internet as to why, when or even if a major artist intentionally tried to pay homage or ...