I am trying to write songs, but I am clueless about how to find a cool, or even decent melody. I listen to songs like "Smooth" by Santana and wonder how the heck Rob Thomas and any other songwriter develop a good melodies. Any tips?
^why? a good melody can be good even without chords behind it. i suggest studying theory, voice leading, counterpoint, etc. etc. also this is the wrong place for this. this should be in Musician Talk !!

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