Making your melody unique is another way to set it apart. Industry pro Cliff Goldmacher in this songwriting training video says that while unique is good, it shouldn't come at the expense of accessibility. Beware of being too clever with your melody. A unique melody that's overly complicated rarely does the job it's intended to do.
- Rule #12:…Make your melody unique.…A unique melody is what sets your song apart.…But you shouldn't do this at the expense of accessibility.…Beware of being overly clever.…Unique is good, but overly complicated…rarely works.…In the song example from To Have and To Hold,…one of the things that we did was through a combination…of rhythmic variation and held notes.…
The melody is unique but it's not so complicated…that it isn't memorable.…For our Grammy Award-winning song example,…give a listen to the song From a Distance,…that Bette Midler popularized,…in terms of a melody that is uniquely memorable…without being overly complicated.…
- Writing lyrics that are conversational and natural
- Making every line count
- Putting your song's hook at the end of a chorus
- Creating simple and unique melodies
- Keeping song intros short and longer verses at the beginning of a song
Skill Level Beginner
1. Ten Rules for Lyrics
2. Five Rules for Melodies
3. Five Rules for Song Structure
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