Questions tagged [melody]

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

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how do you build chords from a melody idea? [closed]

i have all the notes for a melody line idea that came to me. how do i use it to build a chord progression?
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Did Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez infringe on Mahler's Sixth Symphony?

I happened to hear Mahler's Symphony no 6 in A minor Tragic, 3rd Movement, Andante Moderato this week for the first time and was surprised to hear what sounded like the primary theme from Joaquín ...
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Listening for chord changes

If you look below I posted a link to a question I previously asked about the bass acting as the melody of a song and recieved multiple answer assuring me that it can. So in the case that you have a ...
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When writing a melody, is the scale used determined by the current chord playing (in the chord progression) or by the song's key as a whole?

This is an embarrassingly basic question, but it's been in the back of my mind for a while, and I haven't been able to find an answer. I've been studying very basic music theory lately and trying to ...
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A chord to follow B6 for use with melody?

I am trying to find a chord to follow a B6 chord. The melody I am writing sounds really nice, and I have noticed the first part follows the E6 chord, then the B6 chord, so my thought is that if I can ...
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Is there something unique about the interval at the beginning of West Side Story's Jet Song (because I can never sing it from memory)

My question is about the opening bar to this song (starting at second :20 in the video): I've transcribed it here: (in a more reasonable key signature): I have ...
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Switch from minor melodies to major

As a composer (and electronic music producer), I'm currently facing what I think is a big issue : each and every melody I compose is in minor mode, so it makes them gloomy. But now I would like to ...
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Does a melody (which will be used with chords) need to have the notes in the same scale?

I am trying to play a melody (that I got from a book) from piano to guitar and add chords to fingerstyle. Edit: I'd like to know if I need to play the notes of a melody at the positions from a ...
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Help making a remix [closed]

Recently I have been trying to make a remix for the song Revolution by Diplo. I have the acapella for it but every time that I try to make a melody for the song it just sounds off. Any tips for how ...
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How to change the speed of a melody without changing the BPM?

I've written a melody in 4/4 time signature. The problem is that at 118 BPM the melody is ridiculously slow. I don't want to increase the BPM so I ignored the current time signature and simply ...
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How do you call when the same melody is played over and over with different bass notes

There are a lot of songs that have a melody, usually a simple one or even a two-note pattern, that is played during many bars, but the bass note for each bar changes, implying chord changes? One ...
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What do you call this alternating melodic pattern?

I hear the following in string parts a lot in intense movie scenes or certain styles of music. I don't think that this falls under the categorization of Alberti Bass since it's functioning as a ...
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How can I imagine original melodies, chords, and drum patterns

I've been producing for about a year now since November, granted it's been on and off. I can come up with a few things by improvising (although that hasn't been case lately). What I really want to ...
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What Notes to Play as Accompaniment in Fingerstyle?

Example: I'm holding down the C chord with the melody note on C, second string and bass on C, fifth string. It seems like the only accompaniment notes I can play are on the D and G string. Why? ...
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term for when the melody stays the same, but the harmony changes?

Is there a term for when the melody repeats with the exact same notes (pitch and rhythm), but the harmony changes from under it? There are examples throughout music, but I just watched some Doctor ...
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Is there an app that shows the melody of a singer on YouTube songs?

Is there an app that shows the melody of a singer on YouTube songs? I've got a few songs that I want to analyse in terms of the melody and chords. I can easily work out the chords, but as for the ...
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Improving musical memory

I have weak musical memory. I hear a line and I can sing it back almost immediately, but I can't retain it back a few minutes later. It is not imprinted in my head, and I have to listen to it a lot. ...
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If I have a good chord progression, how can I come up with good piano melodies?

I'm not really like anything I try with my right hand. It all just sounds dull. Even if I walk up and down the chord with my right hand it's a bit boring. So I try playing two notes at a time, and it'...
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Melody Extraction from Music

How would I extract a monophonic (single notes) melody from a song? I'm thinking in particular from ABC notation, but that doesn't matter. Is it reasonable to always take the highest pitch when the ...
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Should I play countermelody when trying to play and sing? [closed]

I'm a novice piano player. I know my chords, scales etc.... but I'm no professional. Just you guys know.... I wrote a song and I have the vocal melody but what I'm curious about is when I'm trying to ...
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Modal approach to soloing over this piece?

Is my approach for creating a melody over this harmony I have written theoretically correct? Harmony: (KEY OF A) F#m F#sus4 C#m C#msus4 Bm Bsus4 AMaj7 Now lets just take a really straight approach ...
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What is the exact usage of harmony?

I have completely studied music theory (even diatonic chords) and have just started harmony but I don't know what I am studying in harmony!!! I have faced 2 specific questions and 2 general question :...
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Why do these two songs seem impressive yet are easy to “sing”

Sorry for the snarky title, but I am genuinely curious if there is some fundamental musical properties to these songs that make them the "go-to" songs for their typical amateur performers. (Also, ...
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Which notes are bass line, versus melody line, in a rock song?

I'm actually learning piano, and in piano i can play the bass with my left hand and the melody with my right hand. But it doesn't seem to be the case with guitars and i assume that one guitar should ...
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Can the melody have more than one note sounding at once?

When more than one note is playing, it probably is a chord. But can the melody section have two or more notes, being played simultaneously? EDIT: I mean for a single instrument whose focus is either ...
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Strum pattern v melody line?

Apologies- aged learner here!! Can anyone explain to me the relationship ( if any ?!) between the melody line of a song and the most suitable strum pattern to accompany it? I can read music and do "...
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How to begin putting chords on variable melody?

One of the things that is mysterious for me is how to put chords on a melody which is so variable. I mean that just a chord is not enough to cover the whole bar. For example it contains (C key) : C ...
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Melody notes over Chord progressions

Is there any way of knowing what note in a scale would fit with a chord, or is it all trial and error, or do you just have to have that not you play in the melody feature in the chord you are playing?
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Melodic Minor - Uses

The one problem I have with the Melodic Minor is that I just don't know how and where to use it. From my comprehension, it is the Minor scale when descending and when ascending it has a maj6 and maj7. ...
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Are there reliable free/cheap software tools which will transcribe a sung melody/lyric?

I am not after product recommendation but information on if this type of product exists outside of expensive dedicated music software. For instance I sing a little melody line while strumming a 4-...
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How To Analyze A Melody For Its Notes? Is There A Method?

I am playing bass for two years, I am very amateur, but I love it. Sometimes I am trying play melodies from songs, Tom Waits, or Madonna, which I fond of.. I think I have no ear like "exact pitch", or ...
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What are the most common ways to “decorate” a melody?

Yes, I know, there are way too many possibilities and it depends on the style of the music... I would be happy with an incomplete list for beginners (like me). Here is what I have so far: ...
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Musicology of Melody

I recently had a long discussion with my supervisor regarding the musicology of melody, which I can sum up as follows: Musicological studies of melody are not as rich and comprehensive as, say rhythm ...
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Fitting melodies to beats!

OK, need a head's up so I can practice this: the basic technique for fitting a tune to a beat. Take, for example, Red Red Wine. UB40 did it as a reggae song. I've heard it as a blues ballad, a pop ...
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How to find the most correct meter of a riff or phrase

When one comes up with a riff or phrase of music out of "context"(an inspired thing or whatever), how can one find the best meter to set the riff too... or the natural meter the riff is in? (Mainly ...
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What causes notes to appear to follow a progression of melodic expectations? How does this work?

If I play a single note, it by itself doesn't evoke a melody or tune. But if I play a sequence of notes, suddenly relationships spring up between them. For instance, if I play CDEFGABC, I don't hear ...
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Blues improvisation building blocks

I was taking jazz piano lessons but had to stop. My teacher's approach to teach jazz improvisation was to break it down into a series of "building blocks" which are small motifs found frequently in ...
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Question about melody phrasing begining on beat 3 of a 4/4 measure

In Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic" the vocals seem to have an unusual phrasing (for a pop tune). Most other pop tunes I've covered seem to have the melody phrases starting somewhere around the first ...
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Ear training: the basics [duplicate]

What do I do to start ear training? I want to have to end goal of being able to hear a melody and be able to recognize the notes. But how to I get there? I don't even have a clue on where to start at ...
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Is the bass line accompaniment in a song classed as its own melody / voice?

Lets take Fur Elise as an example. Would we class the left hand accompaniment as a melody in its own right? If this is so, would this be considered contrapuntal writing?
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Is it more common for the main melody to be in the higher part and the accompaniment in the lower part? If so, why?

I have noticed in my own songs and in general that the main melody of songs in in the high part and the accompaniment is in the lower part. Why? Is there a biological or theoretical reason for why ...
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In simple terms, how would you describe Rhythm and Melody

What I understand is that, we take a set of notes and put them in a sequence. This gives us melody which is the music. But just notes playing monotonically is not an expression of anything, it is ...
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How to make melodies effectively?

Are there any tricks that help make melodies besides just experimenting until you find something that sounds nice?
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Note Accentuation (Dynamic) - When should/shouldn't you apply accentuation?

I am having some concern over whether it is appropriate or not to apply accentuation to every part of the song, apart from of course the drums, It's innately intuitive that these beats should be ...
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How to practice a song?

Few weeks ago I've started recording some vocal covers (rock/metal). But on recordings I've made I noticed some issues with exact note/melody matching. Can anybody give me advice how to learn song ...
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How does one go about harmonizing stepwise melodies?

I possess a whole book dedicated to harmonising. It coverrs perhaps if not all chords and how they can be harmonized with a melody. However, all the examples given so far, is only concerned with ...
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Learning a guitar tab: separating bass line from melody

I've been playing guitar for a year now and I don't know much theory. I typically learn tabs, practice them, and finally (the climax) is to play while the song is playing. The way I learn guitar tabs ...
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Singing the words to one song along with the music for another - what is this called?

Years ago I was setting out chairs during a pre-show rehearsal and since it was before everyone was due (rehearsal was scheduled to start in about five to ten minutes), folks were just playing around ...
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Which notes to play over a certain chord in a progression?

I know the notes that constitute the given chord sound well simultaneous to the chord, but which other notes can you play over a certain chord to create a melody and a meaning with good sound? Are ...
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1st Species Counterpoint Tritone Reached Melodically by Step

I'm reading Alfred Mann's translation of Fux's Gradus (original available here). On page 35, footnote 9 (presumably Alfred Mann, certainly not the original author) says "The tritone is to be avoided ...