Making sure that the range of your melody is singable for most people is a good general policy. Songwriting veteran Cliff Goldmacher in this online songwriting video reminds you to be aware of the range of your song's melody, especially if you're not a singer and are making up the melody on an instrument.
- Rule number 15,…keep your melody's range singable.…It's really important to remember that the songs you write…will ultimately have to be sung.…This is particularly true if you're pitching your songs…to other artists and hoping that they'll record them.…It's essential that you're aware of your melody's range.…Especially if you're not a singer…and you're creating the melody on an instrument for example.…Now, there will always be exceptions to this rule,…but it's definitely something to keep in mind.…
In our song example, To Have and To Hold,…while the melody has some range to it,…it doesn't vary so much that it's unattainable.…Again, it's the duration of the notes and the phrasing…which set this particular melody apart.…For our Grammy award winning song example,…give Always on My Mind, sung by Willie Nelson,…a good listen.…
- 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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