3 Secret Strategies That Create Incredible Melodies

Why is it that so much melodic advice seems intent on producing “beginner melodies” – tuneless tunes that no one can remember? In this post, I identify three core concepts that are the lifeblood of every compelling melody. And I demonstrate their power by showing how they operate in three well-known songs.

What is a Melodic Figure, And What Can I Do With It?

Melodic figure can refer to: 1. A short, notable bit of melody that recurs throughout a piece of music, also called a “motive.” 2. A decorative and usually repetitive pattern that fills out an underlying musical line, also called “figuration.” 3. A group of notes that forms a smaller unit within a complete melody, akin to a phrase within a sentence. 4. A stock melodic pattern used when improvising, also called a “lick.” 5. A building block for composing melody.

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

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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


To produce an arpeggio, a musician performs the notes of a chord one at a time rather than all at once. And this presents a