absy
Registered User
Join date: May 2013
32 IQ
#1
Hello, I am having big troubles coming out with good melodies.

the vocal lines i come up with very flat. I do not know really what to do.
The guitarist in my band created a very nice instrumental, but when I put the vocal line over it, it sounded so flat. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCE1FBRyw3Q

I am so depressed because I cannot come out with a decent vocal melody.

I would be so glad if you guys can give me feedback and point out my mistakes in making vocal melodies
Tyson2011
Registered User
Join date: Sep 2010
212 IQ
#3
i'd say that it probably has to do moreso with vowel shapes and "sitting" on notes instead of singing through them that are making you sound flat.
ko_kyi
Registered User
Join date: Nov 2007
205 IQ
#4
While you don't always have to do it, in general the accented syllable should fall on a down beat, as would the most important word of a phrase.

Forming vowels in the back of the throat rather than forward creates a flattening sound (this sounds weird, but visualize the vowel forming behind your front teeth). Are you a native English speaker? Your pronounciation seems a bit accented.

Lastly, in a string of related phrases through a verse, you should vary the notes. There is a recurring motif of

note note note 1step up note back to note.

This is a very tough thing, I wish you luck.