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Writing Strong Melodies - Lessons from Nature

What do Trees, Smoke, Muscles and Waves have to teach us about writing stronger melodies?

Writing Strong Melodies - Lessons from Nature

What do Trees, Smoke, Muscles and Waves have to teach us about writing stronger melodies?
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What makes a good song? Why do certain melodies really resonate with us? What do we have to learn from nature, about songwriting and composition? These are the questions we'll be exploring in this class.
Examining how patterns are found in nature, and especially variations in patterns - then applying this to music. The musical term is a Motif. And learning how to work with motif's is a fantastic way of writing songs. We resonate with a pattern, and it's a key songwriting technique to work with patterns effectively.
A key element of what makes smoke attractive is the element of surprise. And in songwriting, you will need to determine a balance between predictability and surprise. A lot of that is up to taste - your personal preference. But it's critical to understand how to play with that balance, so you have more flexibility and skill in using these elements while composing.
When writing a song, it's really important to understand how to control tension. Tension and relaxation are how movement is created (not just in music, but in your very body). And there are several songwriting techniques for accomplishing this. We'll dive into this deep over the next couple of videos so that you can add this technique to your composing.
If you're curious about how to write songs that have a deeper level of complexity, and interest, to them - then waves are the perfect example in nature for how to do this. At the ocean, you have overlapping waves that are constantly moving in and out of each other. We'll look at the musical equivalent for that - and how you can weave other melodic lines into your compositions. The musical term for this is counterpoint - and it's an ancient composition technique that's still relevant today. Learning how to utilize this can add much depth/complexity to your composing and songwriting.
Watch me critique a student's first attempt at songwriting/composing, using the concepts applied in this class.

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