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One of my biggest failure points is making a decent melody that is at least interesting, does anyone have any tips of writing one?
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wtf. listen to your favorite tunes and try to reconstruct melodies to find what key and chords you prefer

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I suggest reading up on melody and harmony.

Chords, and especially major chords, have groups of notes that sound good together. If you take the individual notes that make up a decent sounding chord and try and arrange them into different patterns, you might come up with some cool stuff.

You might also take a chord and arpeggiate it in an ascending or descending fashion, this is like doing the above except with less possibilities and creativity.

Try playing with different timings and note placements, for example using patterns that play triplets. You can play notes really close together to get a stutter effect if that's what you're going for. The possibilities are endless really, just make sure everything is in the same key and it harmonizes nicely with the rest of the track.
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An interesting melody is characterized often by:
  • It doesn't stick to just one scale but plays between several scales
  • The bassline defines the key of the melody, making it sound different even though the tones of the melody are the same
  • The notes should be humanized, or at least quite dynamic compared to the bassline for example
  • Variations, obviously; the bassline could take over some parts from your lead synth, or a second lead synth might come in with a countermelody


Dragor also has some tutorials explaining some of the concepts:
http://www.djcooler.com/dragor/

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I listen to the part of the tune that requires melody of some instrument, and try to 'find' the 'right' one for that part (it is a subconscious process). I usually come up with something. Then I try to recreate that in the sequencer, but I'm following certain requirements, such as, is it long enough, is it complex/simple enough for the song/part of the song, should it be more pronounced, should it be harmonically paired with another instrument (unison, counterpoint and similarly).

It is a matter of experience in creating chords, chord proressions and simple melodies, so that you can create complex melodies.

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Base it on a scale, and stick to this with your other parts unless doing it for effect.

Use a mixture of rythms, and steps and jumps in intervals up the scale; mix it up but use repeating motifs.

Trust your ears in the end- play around on an instrument, even if its just your keyboard.

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I think chronic put it very well in the "how to make a melody fit a bassline"
"how to make a melody fit a bassline"

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I think chronic put it very well in the "how to make a melody fit a bassline"
"how to make a melody fit a bassline"


Either that or make techstep which doesn't have melodies.

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Sometimes I will use a midi file or sample as the idea/foundation of a melody and then alter it to make it personalized by changing a few keys around or re-arrange the keys backwards. You might be surprised what you can come up with in a matter of 30sec. Cheers.

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