How to Rewrite Your Melody

Q:  I usually get stuck on the first melody that I think of but all my melodies are starting to sound the same. How can I rewrite my melody?

A: Most of use know how to rework a song lyric to make it stronger but melodies are often left out of the rewriting process. Try these tips to work on  your lead melody line:

1. Break up a series of similar lines into different lengths. Turn a long line into two shorter phrases or run two short phrases together by adding notes/words.  Continue reading “How to Rewrite Your Melody”

7 Tips to a Great Vocal Performance

There is no rule that says every songwriter must be a good singer. But, as the writer of a song, you can bring emotional authenticity and insight that a hired vocalist might miss. You don’t have to be Celine Dion or Josh Groban. Many times it’s more about phrasing and presence than hitting the pitches perfectly. Still, you can give yourself some help when writing your song and recording your track with these tips.

1) Figure out the highest note that you sound good on. Then figure out the lowest note. Try to keep your melody between those two notes. Sing your song while your write it and notice when you’re getting too close to your top or bottom notes. You can easily change the melody at that point.

2) Emphasize your strongest vocal notes in your melody. If your high notes are weak, use them as passing notes only; don’t try to sustain them or use them for important words. Continue reading “7 Tips to a Great Vocal Performance”