Become a better composer!

the intuitive method for making melody

This volume covers the basic principles of melodic figuration in a straightforward, practical way.

In Chapter One, you’ll learn a simple way to sketch and revise a melody. You’ll never be stuck for a melodic idea again. You’ll learn how to control melody’s harmonic and metric properties. You’ll learn formulas for making melody sound predictable (straightforward) and indirect. And you’ll discover strategies for balancing the two.

And that’s just in the first three chapters! (12 more to go in this volume)

You’ll also learn how to use “tendency tones” to add expression to your melodies; how to make one melody sound like two people are playing; the trick to working with arpeggio figures; dozens of ways to vary and develop your tunes; a new, foolproof way to modulate, and more!


This volume draws on your expertise in solo melody to help you compose professional-sounding counterpoint (two melodies played at the same time) – an essential skill for any accomplished composer.

Six chapters cover “counterpoint basic training,” but in a different way. Traditional methods for writing counterpoint are based on intervals. But tonal counterpoint is not based on intervals, it’s based on harmony. Figuring Out Melody is the first book to show how to use chord tones to write counterpoint.

The rest of the book breaks down several of the most sophisticated compositional forms into step-by-step instructions.

In the end, your counterpoint skills will transform all the music you compose: piano music, chamber music, choral music, pop songs, art songs, film scores, EDM, video gaming, and sound design!


Many an enthusiastic reader has said that the ideas and instructions in the FOM eBook have changed how they hear and make music. Still, reading the eBook alone is like reading a menu without ordering the food.

The workbook exercises, analyses, and composition projects will help you internalize and digest everything you discover. They’ll make you master mechanics and stretch your imagination. An answer key in the back of the workbook lets you know right away whether you’re on the right track. Besides solutions, there is commentary to explain any “tricky” spots in the exercises.

105 exercises; 8 analysis projects; 8 composition projects; 133 pages


The instructions in the eBook show how to set up a framework for counterpoint, then embellish that framework to create interesting textures, harmonic tension and release, nuanced cadences, and imitative counterpoint. So why is a workbook necessary?

So glad you asked!

Most people will benefit by starting with basic drills before jumping into a broader application of the techniques at hand. Even the “more advanced” chapters on invention, canon, and fugue are designed with this in mind. The exercises show a variety of ways to build each smaller component part of an imitative form before tackling an entire piece.

126 exercises; 6 analysis projects; 7 composition projects; scores for 8 inventions and 5 fugues; 185 pages


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