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Is adapting existing melodies a useful way to improve composition skill?

What I'd like help with is advice on whether adapting old melodies will improve composition skills and maybe lead to something more 'original' in the long run. Yes, but compositional skill is the ...
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Is adapting existing melodies a useful way to improve composition skill?

From my experience observing others, rearranging others' music does not improve compositional skills in the long term. For every Gooseworx, insaneintherainmusic, or RichaadEB who eventually figures ...
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Is adapting existing melodies a useful way to improve composition skill?

I'd suggest you work on improving the tunes that you write. Study tunes that you like and see if you can identify what it is about them that makes them effective. You say you're following the changes -...
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Is adapting existing melodies a useful way to improve composition skill?

The composers considered to be the greatest of all time did this extensively. Of course they also did come up with original melodies, but I think you’ll find if you adapt enough existing melodies it ...
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Is adapting existing melodies a useful way to improve composition skill?

Adapting old melodies will most definitely improve compositional skills. Preexisting music that gained appreciation basically gives you insight into what makes a melody great. The whole process of ...
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Is adapting existing melodies a useful way to improve composition skill?

Depends what you mean by "steal". If you're asking whether it's acceptable to write new lyrics for an existing melody, then yes. Writing new lyrics to existing melodies is quite a common ...
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Any quick way to know if my tune is already used?

Not Copyrightable Aspects of Music: Chords: A single chord cannot be copyrighted. Chord progressions: Progressions of chords are also not copyrightable. Scales: The use of scales in music is not ...
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Does the starting note for a song have to be the starting note of its scale?

Ok, one thing is not mentioned in the other answers i believe, so I am quickly add this: A song might very likely start with the tonic chord, where the bass note is the tonic (1st scale degree) or ...
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melody analysis according to chord or structural tones?

Analyze the melody. Lead sheets are not that good in general. If you get the melody analyzed, you may find more than one possible harmony. A good (very old but the principles still apply and there is ...
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melody analysis according to chord or structural tones?

Theory on melody is not as well covered, and easily available, as theory about harmony. So, if you want to get into studying melody, take time to build up a good collection of resources. However, this ...
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