Musical rest[ edit ] The number "0" represents the musical rest. The rules for length is similar to that of the note, except that it is customary to repeat "0" instead of adding dashes for rests longer than a quarter rest.
The formula provides you with a functioning melody — you will still need to add in phrasing, dynamics, tempo and other instrument-specific directions, and you might want to make minor tweaks to the rhythm. But then, you need to know all that stuff anyway!
Part One — Preparation 1 Decide on the key. Check the first note and what chord the first notes seem to be part of.
In most cases, you get exactly 2 bars including the anacrusis where appropriate. But sometimes you might get one or two beats more, or less. Part Two — Rules 1 Never write a melodic interval which is augmented or diminished. Choose another note — always write a semitone step where you can.
In some cases the dominant is ok too. Therefore, the notes will be sharpened on the way up, and flattened on the way down.
The rhythm will be the same.
Continue writing the melody from bar 2 one scale note higher, until half way through bar 4, then write a long note which is part of the dominant chord. This piece is in F, so the dominant chord is C. We chose C, as the dotted crotchet.
G would have been a bad choice, as the note before is G, and E makes a weaker sounding cadence. So if the melody goes down in bar 1, put it up in bar 5, and vice versa. Remember to avoid augmented or diminished intervals — choose the next nearest note instead, or make a leading note go to the tonic.
If the melody moves by step, simply move by step in the opposite direction to bar 1. In this case, make the chord move in the opposite direction.
Here, the first beat is a melodic inversion, and the second beat is an inverted chord. Here, in bar 7, we changed the first note. The original melody has a leap of a 5th, but that would give us a melodic interval of Bb- low E, which is a diminished 5th.
We substituted the note A, which is a semitone distance from Bb so always a good choice. Make bar 8 part of a scale, starting on the next note up or down from the end of bar 7.
The second half of bar 8 should be the tonic note — nothing else. Alternatively, the last bar can contain nothing but the tonic, and the scale can be in bar 7.
You must always sing through what you have written in your head, in the exam room… In particular, your rhythm might need a few tweaks to make it more interesting.
Our 2nd half has almost exactly the same rhythm as the first half, but it would be better to make one or two small changes.
Here are the steps in summary:Continue writing the melody from bar 2 one scale note higher, until half way through bar 4, then write a long note which is part of the dominant chord. This piece is in F, so the dominant chord is C.
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Clearly adding the extra notes from the scale as we moved from the E in bar one to the G in bar 2 has added some more interest to the melody. Again, it didn't matter which notes of the scale I played, I could have move down the scale instead, and it would still have sounded pleasant.
Aug 24, · In this video I'll be showing you how to write simple yet catchy melodies by starting with a 2 bar or 4 bar loop, stacking octaves underneath your melody and then moving these octaves around to.
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