Week 2: Create A/B Melodies
The whole point of this exercise is to start with a simple repeatable idea that you make small adjustment to until it turns into something you like.
If you can't repeat your initial idea it's too complicated. Simplify. Take away some notes; make the rhythm less complicated.
- Start your recorder (on your phone or other device)
- Start a 5 minute timer.
- Pick the first 2-3 chords of a popular song that you know, or use one of the 4 Sample Chord Patterns (below).
- Play the chord and sing or play a 2-4 note melody starting on the 1, 3, or 5. If you don't know what I mean by "starting on the 1, 3, or 5" watch this video. Modify the notes until it feels good to you. This is your A melody.
- Create a second melody. It can be very similar to the original or drastically different. This is your B melody.
- Play your A and B melody back to back over the same chords.
Feel free to use these chords to improvise over.
Cmaj7 Fmaj7 (64 bpm)
C Em Am7 (64 bpm)
G7 C7 (120 bpm)
Montuno Dm7 G7 (114bpm)
Slightly More Advanced
- Approximate your original melody starting on the 3.
- Start it on the 5.
- Start it on the 6
- Start it on the 2.
- Start on the 7.
Experiment with ending your melody on the 1,3,5,6, 2, or 7.
Then mix and match: start on the 3 and end on the 2, etc.
Notice the off-balance feeling when starting on the 2,6, or 7. This will be helpful in supporting an off-balance lyric idea in the future.
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