The 24 Universal Melodic Figures

If you’ve ever sensed that certain melodic patterns recur from song to song, your hunch was right! Every song you know is made from just 24 melodic building blocks.

What is a Melodic Figure?

Composers rarely think about melodic figures, and that’s a shame because they offer so many ways to unlock your melodic potential.

How the Beatles Use Just 3 Notes to Create 6 Different Effects

If you’ve ever wondered, as I have, how some artists can create extraordinary effects using entirely commonplace materials, then you’ll probably understand why I’m excited to show you how the Beatles (intuitively) reworked one of the most innocuous workhorses of melody: the 3-Note Scale.

Melodic Building Blocks?

Performers use the word “”play” for music-making. So why don’t composers? Learn how to build melodies with “musical Legos” and you’ll sound more spontaneous.

Don’t Stand So Close to Me

In 1980, a rock band called The Police recorded a song about a raging infection and the social distancing it required. “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” tells the story of an adolescent girl who becomes lovesick over her teacher. But rather than giving

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Why Analyze Music?

I get asked this question A LOT. It seems that many people see analysis as a purely mental exercise that’s more likely to spoil music than reveal anything worthwhile. But any time we step outside of our experience of music to try to answer