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Old 12-02-2015, 09:30 PM   #1
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[Tutorial] Finding Your Melody Using Chords!

So, I have been trying to explain this method to many people over the years and im confused as to why so many people don't understand it. So this will be my final attempt at explaining what I am doing

Now, we are all familiar with the piano roll editor (and if you are not, press "go back" until you are on a different website"

In this little gem is a rather large matrix of keys, which to the untrained eye looks like a never ending keyboard.

Now let's say we are working on a bitchin' track and you have your chord progression sexily laid out, and the bass is thumping that way that you like, and it is time to start on our "hook" or "melody" depending on how old you are hehe.

Now, this is the easiest thing you will ever do.


1. Copy your chord progression to a new midi track and label it "hook"

2. Put all the chords on the first beat of the song, so all the chords are over lapping.

3. Now shorten all the notes down to a 1/8th note or something small
4. Change the velocity of all of these notes to zero.

5. There you have it, all the notes being used in the scale of your song (with the exception of 7th's and stuff)
6. Copy your notes, and past them 2 or three times, select those tracks and move them back to the first beat of the song but move one of them an octave up, and the other an octave down, so you have lots of references for where your sexy ass notes are going to go.

7. Now start somewhere that sounds sexy, if you don't own or no how to play the keyboard this is one of the easiest and best ways to cheat the theory and get straight to making some cool melodies.
This works really well for finding harmonies as well!


This concludes my lesson on stuff.
Have a good day!

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Old 12-04-2015, 10:59 PM   #2
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idk how to play piano :c
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Old 12-05-2015, 01:48 AM   #3
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Re: [Tutorial] Finding Your Melody Using Chords!

Then its time to learn the mastery of humming sweet nothings to yourself along with your progressions to find your melody

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Old 12-05-2015, 10:33 AM   #4
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Re: [Tutorial] Finding Your Melody Using Chords!

I'm glad I know an even easier way than this.
Might be useful for others though.

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Old 12-05-2015, 05:46 PM   #5
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Re: [Tutorial] Finding Your Melody Using Chords!

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I'm glad I know an even easier way than this.
Might be useful for others though.
Yea, hate to be a negative nancy but isnt it just easier to say "use the notes in your chords"

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^ Very true

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Yea, hate to be a negative nancy but isnt it just easier to say "use the notes in your chords"
LOL, this!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: [Tutorial] Finding Your Melody Using Chords!

I can sort of see the logic in this, since there are ways to get chord progressions like this generated for you and if one has no idea of what the notes in these chords are, or what notes sound good on top of them, then this might be a decent shortcut for people... Now what I don't understand is that in a lot of chord progressions, the notes of one chord won't sound good over notes of another chord, for example if I modulate from a C triad to an F# triad the C# and F# won't sound good over C... I also can imagine pretty easily a not-too-exotic chord prog where using this method, you'd end up with all 12 chromatic tones... OTOH in the brave new world where the Axis_Of_Awesome chords I-V-vi-IV are the catchiest thing known to the youth of the world... the notes in those chords won't conflict at all... in fact its just a major scale, so this method would work over that progression.

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Yea, hate to be a negative nancy but isnt it just easier to say "use the notes in your chords"
Fair enough,.. I mean I just thought it would be a good cheat sheet for basic progressions and people looking for a quick way to find a melody.
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Fair enough,.. I mean I just thought it would be a good cheat sheet for basic progressions and people looking for a quick way to find a melody.
Feel free to delete this thread any mod who reads this
Why? I am sure there is some poor lost soul who is a techy and not a musician who might find this useful.

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Re: [Tutorial] Finding Your Melody Using Chords!

In a way I kind of miss studying dodecaphony (Schönberg). It was both liberating, annoying and fucked up all at the same time.

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Fair enough,.. I mean I just thought it would be a good cheat sheet for basic progressions and people looking for a quick way to find a melody.
Feel free to delete this thread any mod who reads this
Sorry man. I agree with MuseIc that a very techy person will probably find this useful. Just thought it was worth mentioning that what you were suggesting is actually pretty simple in concept. I apologize. I was kind of a dbag about it.

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Re: [Tutorial] Finding Your Melody Using Chords!

Found the Ableton midi effects helpful for this.
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LOL, this!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Sorry man. I agree with MuseIc that a very techy person will probably find this useful. Just thought it was worth mentioning that what you were suggesting is actually pretty simple in concept. I apologize. I was kind of a dbag about it.
All good yo, i know what you mean.
But its a good place to start for people gearing up to ask "how do i make a melody derppp"
ya know? maybe? lol

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Yea, hate to be a negative nancy but isnt it just easier to say "use the notes in your chords"
It's even easier than that.

if the note sounds wrong, just pitch bend up or down a half step and it goes from being a wrong note to being avant garde jazz brilliance.
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It's even easier than that.

if the note sounds wrong, just pitch bend up or down a half step and it goes from being a wrong note to being avant garde jazz brilliance.
Well no its not easier to say "use the notes in your chords" because not all the chords you use will take advantage of all of the notes in the scale.
and if you are talking about jazz, you are in the wrong forum buds lol

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