When sitting down to write a new tune, rhythms and chord progressions can sometimes seem to flow out abundantly. However, when it comes time to figure out a melody, the writing process tends to slow down drastically. What makes this part of songwriting so difficult?
As you are listening to a tune, it's hard to deny that the melody stands out the most. I mean, I doubt anyones had a real problem with getting a killer chord progression stuck in their head. And while lots of people will copy chord progressions in their writing, it is the melody that has to be the most original if you want to avoid getting into trouble.
This is why I find it interesting that teachers and theory books will often skip out on explaining the craft of a good melody. This gap in education will often lead beginners to believe that they can't actually learn how to be better songwriters and that its just something you either have or you don't.
In reality, there are many writing techniques that all notable composers have used at one point in their career to create great melodies. These techniques are not quite as elusive or difficult to master as you might think. And though they aren't always found in most music theory books, once you know about them it can be pretty easy to pick it up.
Depending on the type of song you are writing, there are endless techniques out there to suit your style. In the following video I am going to share with you one trick that uses repetition to instantly improve the memorability of your songwriting.
After watching this video, you are probably thinking of all the times now that you've heard this trick be used in popular music. Thats because it works! Now that you know it works, you can start using it for yourself.
About the Author
Tommaso Zillio is a prog rock guitarist and composer with a passion for teaching songwriting