"When all is said and done, all there is, is Rhythm and Melody"
This primer on melodic writing is aimed at developing your sense and understanding of how using
Accented non-chord tones,
Interval direction and
can impact the mood of a melody.
The following melody was composed to quickly show how a melody can be made uplifting simply through interval choice and direction:
All other parts of this primer are based on this initial melody and show the extent to which a single idea can be developed with little effort beyond changing one or more of:
Interval size, as well
Using non chord tones in strong beat positions.
The basis of all the melodic writing in this primer is to start with a chord tone and move up or down to another chord, using the triad to outline as the basis for melodic writing. When we reach the Accented Non-Chord tones the same principle is applied except that we start on a non-chord tone and move to a non-chord. No attempt has been made to use the 7th as the starting note in any of these melodies.
The last section shows a variety of rhythmic and orchestrational ideas for manipulating the melodic context.
Harmonic structure used
The harmonic basis for all of these examples is as follows
C major - F major - C major - G major - C major - F major - C major - G major - C major
C minor - F minor - C minor - G major - C minor - F minor - C minor - G major - C minor