Week 9: Melody Shapes

This week we are going to practice creating variety in our melodies. This exercise was inspired by a lesson that Shane Adams gave in one of our song critique workshops. Shane is a member of 100 Days of Songwriting as well as a Berklee Professor, and owner/songwriter/producer at Artist Accelerator in Nashville.

Instructions

  1. Come up with a simple repeatable chord progression or use one from the Chords and Grooves box below.
  2. Set your time for 10 minutes.
  3. Pick a melody shape and play or sing it over the chords. Go easy on yourself and start on the 1, 3 or 5 of the chord.
  4. Experiment with all the shapes and/or shape combinations until the timer goes off.

Chords and Grooves

Pop Major

Key of C:  | C / F / | G  /  /  /  |

Key of G:  | G / C / | D / / / |

Pop Minor

Key of C:  | Am / F / | C  /  /  /  |

Key of G:  | Em / C / | G / / / |

Pop Ballad

Key of C: 

| Am / G/B / | C / / / | F / / / | F C G / / |

Key of G: 

| Em / D/F# / | G / / / | C / / / | C G D / / |

Folk

Key of C:  | C | C | F | C |

Key of G:  | G | G | C | G |

Blues Rock

Key of C: 

| C7 / / / | C7 / / / | G7 / / / | G7 / / / |

Key of G:

| G7 / / / | G7 / / / | D7 / / / | D7 / / / |

Jazz Standard

Key of C:  | C / Am7 / | Dm7 / G7 / |

Key of G:  | G / Em7 / | Gm7 / D7 / |

Melody Shapes

What to Post

Post a 15 - 30 second recording of your favorite ones in the main feed.

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Questions and Feedback

Is there any part of the lesson that could be more clear? What would make your experience better? Are there any benefits to this exercise that I am missing? Please leave feedback in the comments below. For more immediate assistance shoot me an email at rigel@100daysofsongwriting.com

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