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ChristopherSchlegel
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12/27/2020 3:37 pm

You're welcome. Glad it helped!

Originally Posted by: meharbrar12I understand that and it makes sense, however was the E used because it is so close to the D and F#? Could another note have been used for it or would that not work since it would be to large of a jump and would sound less connected.[/quote]

The primary reason the E was used is that the songwriter liked the sound of it there.

It's the most obvious choice to connect D & F# because E is the only scale degree in between those other two scale notes. Of course a different note could have been chosen, from the scale or outside of it! But the E makes that little phrase fit the overall arc of the melody phrases. Look & listen to the melody.

There are little phrases of 2 rising 1/8th notes, followed by a stressed 1/4 note followed by another 1/4 that leads to the next little similar phrase. The last phrase only has one 1/8th note rising to a 1/4 to finish the phrase.

Have a look at my post 14 in this thread which discusses how melodies are constructed.

https://www.guitartricks.com/forum/thread.php?f=36&t=55996&pg=2

[quote=meharbrar12]Last thing, do you have any tips for melody writing as a beginner and how to grow to become a better one overtime?

Figure out lots of melodies & songs. Think about what makes them work or not. What you like the sound of & why. Write lots of melodies & songs. Experiment with a lot of options. Practice your craft & work to understand the elements of what makes it work. Think about what works for you & what doesn't. Try to do more of what you like & avoid what you don't.

Most songwriters learn & develop in this manner. Hope this helps!


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