5 Ways You Know a Melody is Working Well

June 30, 2013

The Essential Secrets of Songwriting Blog

If your song is failing, check to see if you notice these five crucial characteristics.

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Coldplay - Viva La VidaThe best way to know that a melody is working well (even though it sounds sarcastic to say so) is that it sounds like a good melody. The sarcasm is not intended; the best judge of whether something in the world of songwriting is good or not is your own spontaneous opinion: it sounds good, or it doesn’t.

But sometimes though you’ve got the makings of a good melody,  you can just tell that there’s something amiss. There are parts that sound catchy and/or inspiring, but other bits… it’s just hard to tell what the problem is.

No matter what genre you call your favourite, there are certain characteristics that you…

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