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Old 18-01-2014, 07:45 AM   #1
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How do u come up with quality catchy melodies?

Whats your process?

Find a good sound then make melodies without backing?

Create some drums or chords then try to make melodies over it?

What do you usually do to create riffs/melodies

And how do some people such as tiesto and all the other famous musicians and chart music make riffs and melodies so catchy they sell millions and get stuck in your head...and sound unique.

How does one do it lol

Guess there is no defenitive answer or wed all be making no1 hits with catchy melodies.

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Re: How do u come up with quality catchy melodies?

I don't know.... like, trying? Doing things usually makes you better at doing things. You basically just asked how to make music.

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Re: How do u come up with quality catchy melodies?

so simple really

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Old 18-01-2014, 07:54 AM   #4
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I don't know.... like, trying? Doing things usually makes you better at doing things. You basically just asked how to make music.
yes but moreso would one just sit with a keyboard and try to make a melody or more likely they have already got some chordds or drums going on in the back..
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Old 18-01-2014, 08:02 AM   #5
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Re: How do u come up with quality catchy melodies?

I'd say any melody I've created has come from either
A: a good sound
B: a joke sound
I can sit there trying for days to get something that sounds even remotely interesting with nothing showing up, but if I spend a bunch of time making a nice synth patch then BOOM, something that I find catchy just rolls out. Usually while trying to make a patch I'll be messing around with my midi keyboard hitting random notes that I think sound cool together while I tweak everything. Once there's a sound that I like I think my sub conscience just does the rest for me, it links the notes together in my mind and plays it up in my head. Not having that strong a grasp of music theory this is where things get difficult, I need to figure out exactly what notes are being played in my head and put them into the DAW. I wouldn't say my ears are pitch perfect either, soooooo that can take a while. I still consider myself to be quite a novice by the way, but this is just how I go about doing things.

Earlier on however my brain didn't do any work for me, I literally just put in random notes, if it didn't sound good I tried again until it did sound good, I guess eventually the mind just catches up on patterns that I'm not aware of to help me out in making something at least moderately catchy!
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Old 18-01-2014, 08:06 AM   #6
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I'd say any melody I've created has come from either
A: a good sound
B: a joke sound
I can sit there trying for days to get something that sounds even remotely interesting with nothing showing up, but if I spend a bunch of time making a nice synth patch then BOOM, something that I find catchy just rolls out. Usually while trying to make a patch I'll be messing around with my midi keyboard hitting random notes that I think sound cool together while I tweak everything. Once there's a sound that I like I think my sub conscience just does the rest for me, it links the notes together in my mind and plays it up in my head. Not having that strong a grasp of music theory this is where things get difficult, I need to figure out exactly what notes are being played in my head and put them into the DAW. I wouldn't say my ears are pitch perfect either, soooooo that can take a while. I still consider myself to be quite a novice by the way, but this is just how I go about doing things.
yeh music theory would help a lot in creating melodies and music in general lol..I should work on that.

Sit and listen to different sounds between jumps in tones, and scale notes etc...

BUt anyway youd say that u dont ahve a backing track to make melodies/ideas u just create the ideas inthin air as they would say

Other songs are more chordal based? strings and pads i guess they dont have melodies like lead lines as much but maybe the producer got song idea just by playing chord patterns?

So it dont always need to be one note melodies etc
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Old 18-01-2014, 08:09 AM   #7
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Re: How do u come up with quality catchy melodies?

I think a good idea to get sounds into head would be try to recreate well known melodies like here comes the bride..when the saints come marching in...silent night.we wish u merry xmas....that ice hockey tune lol...maybe thats good idea mmmm
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Old 18-01-2014, 08:09 AM   #8
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Re: How do u come up with quality catchy melodies?

The key to any great melody is resolution.

Find a way to resolve it and you've got it made.

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Old 18-01-2014, 08:14 AM   #9
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The key to any great melody is resolution.

Find a way to resolve it and you've got it made.
makes no sense to me lol

defo 100x easeir to make melodies on piano than guitar though..must be the layout and way you play it with fingers vs pick and hold
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Old 18-01-2014, 08:24 AM   #10
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Re: How do u come up with quality catchy melodies?

This explaineds it much better than I can...

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You know how with a good melody your brain knows the note it's going to end on before it gets there?

That's what I mean.

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Old 18-01-2014, 08:29 AM   #11
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You know how with a good melody your brain knows the note it's going to end on before it gets there?

That's what I mean.
ah right yeh funny that but true you hear 3 notes you know what the next 3 notes will be.

Its a question and answer thing most often the way the melody works.


I tried to do it in this one..but its nothing special. Its not unique or catchy or repetitive enough to be a riff but its quite easy to anticipate the next notes

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and then again 2:45 more melodic question answer stuff

and after 3:00 a new one..
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Old 18-01-2014, 09:52 AM   #12
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just a heads up 9pm till i come is a guitar sample so he dinnt actually come up with that one.
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Old 18-01-2014, 09:53 AM   #13
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Humming in the car on my way back from work, mentally tired and head full of melodies. Singing improvised songs to my kids. Waking up in the morning with a melody in my head. Taking a shit or taking a shower (some of the best melodies I've made come to me when I was just about to take a dump. The basics of[Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]
came to me in the bathtub, and had "written itself" in about ten minutes or so).
Or I just simply sit down and improvise/make/create/come up with melodies (sing, guitar, piano, whatever).

Edit: Melodies to me is like language or monologing or storytelling - melodic phrasing, breathing rests/pauses, dynamic and expressive pitch dynamics are all important. To me, most poems, sentences and phrases have a built-in rythm and melody already. I wrote poems and lyrics for many years. I also studied music for a number of years, and then I tried "to forget about it" in order to make it come all naturally.

You don't always want to hear legato notes in a fixed volume/velocity. Practicing drums can have a good affect on melody-making, as you can mix and blend rhythms to gel/fix the words. And don't forget the rests (as they are almost as important as the notes).

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Old 18-01-2014, 10:27 AM   #14
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Re: How do u come up with quality catchy melodies?

I guess "quality melodies" is a subjective term.. But I sometimes use doping..

Cannabis:


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The thing is that I can do basically what I want in either state of mind, but sometimes it just comes easy to create a certain mood if you're in it in advance. Music is moods to me.

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just a heads up 9pm till i come is a guitar sample so he dinnt actually come up with that one.
sample from what song? or he created it? If he created it still counts as created melody
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Humming in the car on my way back from work, mentally tired and head full of melodies. Singing improvised songs to my kids. Waking up in the morning with a melody in my head. Taking a shit or taking a shower (some of the best melodies I've made come to me when I was just about to take a dump. The basics of[Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]
came to me in the bathtub, and had "written itself" in about ten minutes or so).
Or I just simply sit down and improvise/make/create/come up with melodies (sing, guitar, piano, whatever).

Edit: Melodies to me is like language or monologing or storytelling - melodic phrasing, breathing rests/pauses, dynamic and expressive pitch dynamics are all important. To me, most poems, sentences and phrases have a built-in rythm and melody already. I wrote poems and lyrics for many years. I also studied music for a number of years, and then I tried "to forget about it" in order to make it come all naturally.

You don't always want to hear legato notes in a fixed volume/velocity. Practicing drums can have a good affect on melody-making, as you can mix and blend rhythms to gel/fix the words. And don't forget the rests (as they are almost as important as the notes).
i cant create interesting melodies in my head only with an instrument even then i still struggle lol
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sometimes melody will pop into my head... other times i press keys on the keyboard... sometimes i'm inspired by music i listen to... and often the type of sound im playing on my keyboard will determine what melodies i play, and how i play them.

sometimes im pretty good, but i mostly think i suck. music is hard!

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i cant create interesting melodies in my head only with an instrument even then i still struggle lol
I think it takes some practice, experience, some theory... maybe even some talent, musicality, sweat and aching fingers.

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I think it takes some practice, experience, some theory... maybe even some talent, musicality, sweat and aching fingers.
cool so if i start making melodies now 1 year from now i might be better lol
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cool so if i start making melodies now 1 year from now i might be better lol
Sure! Look at what evolution brought to the table.

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