Ever wonder why certain melodies stick with you forever while others trigger an intense emotional response? Why does this happen? Well, it’s not accidental! In this tutorial you’ll learn the theory and the art of melody writing...
Melodies are magical. They’re what we remember and love most about the music. And, they are the foundation of every kind of music from ancient Gregorian Chant to Hip Hop.
In this entertaining tutorial by composer Gregg Fine, you’ll learn how melodies are constructed and discover all the parameters of melody making beginning with notes and scales. Next you’ll see how major and minor scales are constructed with their unique patterns of whole- and half-steps. From there Professor Fine demystifies accidentals: those odd little symbols that live alongside musical notes on the page. After that there’s a section where you’ll get into musical intervals: those vibrating building blocks of melody and harmony! Then Gregg modulates it up a key or two by focusing on some exotic scales like Pentatonic, Blues, Octatonic and Augmented.
Ever hear of these: Dorian, Lydian, Aeolian and Phrygian? These are some of the mystical musical modes! You’ll explore all 7 modes derived from the scale and learn how they are constructed and how they can add another layer of color to you songwriting palette!
So if you’re new to composing or just want to make your current songs more melodic, this tutorial on Melody will get you humming right along! And, keep a lookout for the rest of the Music Theory series on Harmony, Rhythm and Song Form. Together they teach you everything you need to know about the fundamentals of music theory and songwriting!
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unitymusic wrote on September 15, 2017
I really have enjoyed this course. The material is delivered in a very clear, concise and fun format. Greg Fine has some great musical credentials which helps me appreciate this information all the more.
LXOR wrote on September 15, 2016
Mr.Fine presents the information in a very easy to understand manner compared to other courses on music theory I have seen elsewhere.
Ian wrote on June 22, 2016
Great course. The way you break everything down makes much more sense than trying to read a book to learn theory or look at diagrams. Having verbal instruction with visuals on modes and their relationships to scales helped a lot
Ptara wrote on April 29, 2016
Great introduction to melody. I never got what a "mode" was before this, and didn't know about symmetrical scales. Perhaps it might be a bit quick for complete beginners, but it's well explained with good examples.
Pejovoi wrote on March 18, 2016
I found the explanations and descriptions of scales, modes and melody construction very clear and the musical examples enlightening. This is basic stuff but it definitely improved my grasp of the essential material that it covers. Will go back to some lessons for ideas.
Jazzfreak55@gmail.com wrote on February 24, 2016
It was really well explained, really enjoyed the modes explanation
Melody wrote on February 23, 2016
I started this series with the chord progression, but needed some refreshment on the melody part. In the end I followed the whole music theory series. Very useful and a fun way to learn everything in depth.
Vaan wrote on January 10, 2016
Very nice course, very well explained with interesting examples. All the topics are fully explained. Great!
Vaan wrote on December 30, 2015
Very good course, very clear and very well explained. Examples are very clear and funny. The topics are explained exhaustively
Supremely Helpful Classes wrote on December 2, 2015
Top notch. All of Gregg Fine's classes are extremely helpful. He's thorough and informative. I took many notes and will revisit his classes again...