Jack Garratt

What the Direction of Your Melodies Does For the Meaning of Your Songs

I’m a fan of any songwriting process that requires concentrating on the melody first. The main reason I like melody-first writing is that you’re concentrating on the part of a song that’s the most hummable, and the easiest for someone to remember. If there is one criticism I have of melody first processes, it’s that […]

Song Melodies: Moving Downward While Moving Upward

For verse melodies, try combining downward-moving melodic shapes with an overall upward motion. In songwriting, you can only ever speak of generalizations. That’s a good thing, of course. Music would be boringly predictable if it meant simply following a set of rules. We know, for example, that most verse melodies tend to avoid an overabundant […]

Mo Kenney: "Wind Will Blow" Melodic Study

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Creating a Melody by Getting a Jump-Start From An Existing Song

Use a favourite song to help create a new melody – and no one will ever know! ____________ Purchase “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and get this eBook FREE OF CHARGE: “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro”. _____________ You’re sitting with your guitar, or at a keyboard, trying to come up with your […]

How Balancing Upward and Downward Melodies Affects Musical Meaning

The mood of a song often swings back and forth depending on which way the melody moves. ____________________ Read more about how “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle can make you a top-level songwriter. ____________________ This is an extended thought from the blog posting I did a while back, on Friday (April 19) in which […]