Survey of Audience Submissions Reveals Interesting Trends in Melodic Composition
- Andrew Huang invited viewers to compose a melody
- 147 usable submissions were received, and Andrew analysed 20 attributes that the entries had in common
- 79% of the entries kept the same 4 bar length for the second half
- 17.7% extended it further
- 3.4% made it shorter
- 41.5% stayed within the same range as Andrew’s original melody
- 5 people (3.5%) independently wrote an identical 3-note follow up
- 33% included a modulation and 66% had no modulation.
Exploring Melodic Writing Techniques: A Guide to Refining Melodies
- In this video, the presenter discusses various melodic writing techniques in relation to a melody submitted by viewers
- Picardy third, extended phrases, secondary dominance and non sequitur are all in focus. It is suggested that the most logical way to complete a melody is to create a slightly more complex variation of the original rhythmic sequence, maintain phrase length, reach for a higher note in the second half and not modulate. Examples of each technique are discussed.