Songwriting: Composing Smooth Simple Melody



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Andrew Wasson of Creative Guitar Studio answers a viewers question…

Q: I’ve been having a tough time trying to develop simple composed melodies over chord progressions. I’m basically a rock guitar ex-shredder guy who’s now trying to slow down and create simple expressive lines in the instrumental pop/rock and jazz/R and B styles. The only thing is, I’m not having much luck. Could you please make a lesson covering a few concepts that work effectively when playing slower composed melodies? Thanks for the great YouTube channel you run, I’m learning a lot.
– Isaac — Grand Rapids, MI.

A: Composing melodies that are simple, melodic and interpretive in a style like instrumental music requires a lyrical touch. To achieve this, you’ll need notes that can linger and also suuround chord tones to really connect with the underlying harmony. Another important area happens to be the often over-looked area of rhythm. Strong and simple melodies tend to focus quite heavily upon recurring rhythmic threads in the music. In the video we’ll have a look at a number of important tips to help create a nice balance when composing simple melodies in the instrumental style.

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16 thoughts on “Songwriting: Composing Smooth Simple Melody

  • October 10, 2020 at 12:09 am
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    Hi Andrew, 

    Is it "ok" to just make up any random chord progression to solo over? Are there rules besides the "resolution" chord? I have been watching your videos for a few years now and I may have missed the video where you may have covered this already? Could you please direct me to where you may have talked about this? Is this where the circle of 5th/4th comes in handy? Is just using a Cmajor scale to improvise over a C – Dm – F – Bdim – C progression (entirely made up on the spot) a good approach?

    Thank you very much for your lessons! the most valuable source of information for me. Cheers.

  • October 10, 2020 at 12:09 am
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    some parts sounds a bit like Carabean Winds from Dylan…

  • October 10, 2020 at 12:09 am
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    This is great info. Thanks for sharing. I have a ton of videos about music licensing and how to get music in tv and films. Check out my channel if you're interested.

  • October 10, 2020 at 12:09 am
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    @soyellowsoviolent His guitar is awesome! It's obviously a high quality instrument, with his own modifications. Why would he need another? …. I own 5 guitars so far.. who am I to talk? :0)

  • October 10, 2020 at 12:09 am
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    That will fit the Bill.
    That's what the Pelican said to the Halibut .
    Hendrix used 4ths with major and minor 3rds in most of his style .
    John Mayer making a living doing the same.

  • October 10, 2020 at 12:09 am
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    i'm having trouble finding the PDF for this lesson, and the one for the funky motown rhythms, anyone knows under which section on his website you can find it? Cuz there's soooo much on that site, it's hard to find lol

  • October 10, 2020 at 12:09 am
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    @soyellowsoviolent,

    Not really considering a new axe anytime soon. But, I do really like the Tom Anderson guitars (the Pro Am) and I like the Guild Acoustics a lot right now (the F-30CE Standard is a personal fav.). That D-TAR Wave-Length is a nice acoustic pick-up system in the Guild's right now.

    Thanks for watching,
    Andrew Wasson
    Creative Guitar Studio

  • October 10, 2020 at 12:09 am
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    very good lecture! composing smooth simple melody lines is a much better way to developing soloing skills than shredding the board. from the basic to more advanced is the right direction.

  • October 10, 2020 at 12:09 am
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    have you ever throught about getting a new guitar? if you ever have, which one?

  • October 10, 2020 at 12:09 am
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    @EaglesStir,

    It is a Cool Rail for Strat SCR-1. Great Pick-up.
    Learn more about my stuff at my Blog-Site:
    andrewwasson [dot] com/gear

    Thanks for watching,
    Andrew Wasson
    Creative Guitar Studio

  • October 10, 2020 at 12:09 am
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    What kind of pickup do you use in the neck? Sounds fantastic!

  • October 10, 2020 at 12:09 am
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    I respect Andrew Wasson quiet a bit actually. This guy basically knows everything about playing guitar.

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