Often the best melody is the one that already exists. Even if it seems difficult, there are many ways to make things easier for yourself.This usually results in a more original melody, but is hard and might result in sounding like random notes if not used properly. The lyrics to each verse are usually different and while the melody usually stays the same, it can vary slightly. Now I may be a little strange, but I like things to match and look the same, maybe you do too - so my putting all the songs you learn into a template, they will all match and when you print them out and put them into your own songbook, it's gonna look cool. But other things to remember is the Title - Artist at the top are in size 24 on the template but I do make them smaller if the band or song name is real long! Amazing singing can turn even the simplest progression into a groundbreaking song Creating Melodies and Hooks[ edit ] The main melody, often called the "hook" in popular, radio friendly music, is the catchy, often repeated words and melody that makes the song most memorable. If there are lyrics, the verse is where the story is often told. There are certain cases where putting music to words is a better option. Songs typically are built up in layers; for example, in a band, one guitarists creates a riff, and another adds a catchy lick over top, the bass player brings in something to support it and the drummer keeps time and adds some interesting rhythms. There are many ways to add a second part to a song. You won't get a very good result by simply coming up with random riffs. Note that you can change scales for different parts of the song, what you shouldn't do is change scale in the middle of a single riff or melody. Also see the Writing Effective Songs wikibook for more help. Nothing worse than losing a bunch of work, or saving over the top of something I've done this more times than I should admit!
Song Writing Tip: Music sounds good when organized in multiples of four four bars, eight bars, sixteen bars etc. You can accomplish the same thing by just playing the progression over and over again, but it takes a surprising amount of coordination to play a new riff and spontaneously invent a melody.
Record a chord progression, then play it back and try to hum or whistle a melody over top. Words tend to have their own syncopation, and this can make it tough to make them fit with an irregular strumming pattern.
Beginners will find that properly tough. If you don't "figure it out" immediately, that doesn't mean that you never will. There are certain cases where putting music to words is a better option.
Already having words is also tough because generally the author does not want to change them. There are many ways to add a second part to a song.The one I think works best is called 'Courier New' and I use it for pretty much all my charts. The Verse Here is the verse — an 8-bar section that uses the chords in the key of C. Chorus — The chorus is the main section of the song. This should be pretty easy with the majority of my videos but you could use any video really. For instance, in the well known 'Danny Boy' or 'Derry Air' as it is sometimes called, the 'hook' is found where the melody appears to try to surge forward into the chorus and the words "But come ye back" accompany that surge in chord progression. Even maybe the short "sample lesson" ones you see a lot - they might give you enough to get you nearly finished and just have to do a little work yourself. Mar 17, Jenifer rated it it was amazing Invaluable resource! And the cool thing is that you can play all the songs in it - so if you have your friends over you can pull it out and say 'yeah, pick anything from that' : Save for later. The history of music and any art, really is checkered with people taking bits and pieces from other artists and adding their own spin to it.