Friday, August 24, 2012

Songwriting - How to Practice Writing Melodies

By Anthony Ceseri Obviously, the more you do something, the better you'll get at it. For that reason you should be writing melodies every day. If you don't have the time for that, that's okay. A great tip I learned from hit songwriter Clay Drayton, is to constantly be putting melodies to phrases, sayings and signs you come across in your everyday life. If you see a street sign that says "Mulberry Road," sing a melody to that. The same could go for something as simplistic as an exit ramp sign, or the numbers on a house. A lot of what you come up may not be that good, but that's okay. Writing melodies, or entire songs for that matter is a skill to be developed. A lot of what you come up with may not be that good, but the more you do it, the better you'll get. It's like developing any other skill in life. Practice makes perfect. Plus, this exercise will fine tune your mind to be melody conscious. When it's time to write a song, writing a melody will come more easily to you. If you're carrying around something to record your ideas with, you can easily capture something you like, and use it in a song when it's time to write. I'd recommend carrying around either a mini recorder, or simply downloading a recording app for your smart phone. It's a great way to capture ideas on the fly. Get started right now by looking around the room you're in for a short phrase you can put a melody to, and see what you come up with! To learn more, download my free EBook here:
Anthony Ceseri is the owner of, a website dedicated to the growth and development of songwriters of all skill levels. Article Source:

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