Writing a catchy melody makes the difference between creating a hit song and a non-memorable flop. The melody sets the mood, key and tempo, as the foundation for a song. A strong melody supports lyrics and allows a pattern to emerge throughout the verse, chorus and bridge of a song. Create a melody that people will hum and sing to effortlessly by sticking to rules regarding structure and repetition for flow.
Read the title and brainstorm the lyrics that will accompany your melody. Consider the tone and emotion behind the song that you wish to evoke in listeners.
Arrange lyrics to tell a story throughout the verse, leading up to the chorus. Write a chorus that summarizes the theme of the song and includes the title of the song. Organize the bridge lyrics to differ from the repetition of the verse and chorus as a lyrical epiphany and climax of the song.
Choose the length of the melody by reading your lyrics and organizing them into stanzas, typically no longer than four lines.
Create the structure of your song by organizing the verse, chorus and bridge sections in a pattern such as verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-verse-chorus, verse-verse-bridge or verse-chorus-verse-chorus-verse. The three sections provide repetitive melodies that differ from each other, with the bridge typically played once throughout a song and the verse and chorus melodies repeated.
Decide the type of shape you want your melody to follow -- conjunct or disjunct. Arrange the notes to follow a pitch pattern of moving one-step up or one-step down, as in a scale, to create conjunct motion. Write notes that leap from one pitch to another by skipping several steps to create disjunct motion. Songs with conjunct motion typically provide enhanced melodic flow.
Choose a key in which to write the melody. Write a different melody for each part of your song such as verse, chorus and bridge, that repeats itself throughout the duration of the part. Use chord or note progressions on various instruments such as a guitar or piano to create the melody.
Add dynamic changes and alter the rhythm of the melody to provide variation. Insert harmony to add depth to the overall sound.
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