How To Write A Melody For Piano, Guitar, Lyrics, Or Any Instrument: Full Guide

How To Write A Melody For Piano, Guitar, Lyrics, Or Any Instrument: Full Guide

Written by Cameron Mayo

Anyone who can to play a musical instrument is probably itching to compose a melody. Every musician has their own style, but the underlying process of composing a melody is basically the same.

The steps on how to come up with a melody for a song are very simple. There are some melody writing techniques based on music theory that can help you.

Here are some simple guidelines that you can follow along with an understand of how to write a melody over a chord progression.

1. Decide on a Theme

Focus on the mood that you want to produce in the melody, and make that your theme for the song. Do you want it to be sad, happy or mysterious? Get inspiration from your surroundings or maybe events in your life, anything that can help you connect will result in a powerful melody.

2. Choose a Key

Figure out a key and tempo for your music. Each key has a different effect and creates a different mood. Introduce scales and chords in the key to see how it sounds. That will help you select the right key for your melody. The tempo needs to match the overall feeling that you want to produce in your melody.

3. Know Your Chords

Learn your chords and practice them. You should know the root chord, the dominant chord which is the fifth one above the root, the subdominant chord which is the fourth one above the root and the minor chord or the six chord. You can play different progressions like pop progression or Nashville progression which contain various chords to learn them. The more you practice, the better you will become and your melody writing technique will improve.

Note Down Your Progression

4. Experiment With The Chords

Play chords in different order and change them around until you find the right progression. When you change from one chord to another, keep the key and tempo same and play four beats for every chord. For example, you can play C, G, Am, F, C, for four beats each time, then mix them up in a different order. Play the chords slowly and listen to the melody carefully. Eventually, you will find a progression that you are happy with.

5. Note Down Your Progression

Every time you try a different combination of chords, note them down on a piece of paper. They might sound silly or awkward in the beginning, but eventually the progression will start to appear from the different chords that you have been practicing. You need to have everything written down, so you can listen to it later. It might seem different or pleasant after a while or you might change it around a bit to make that perfect melody.

6. Make the Final Version

The melody will take some time to polish. Over time, you might be making changes to the initial staff paper, but once you are happy with everything you have done, make a final version. Take a new staff paper, and jot down your melody along with lyrics for your song. Remember that the melody writing rules are only a guide, but your final piece needs to be creative and inspirational.

Now that you have melody, it won't be long before you record and get your song finished! Read these articles about mixing and mastering:

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