Easy Songwriting Idea: Melody Variation.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by Jake Hahn | Uncategorized

Remember to step away from your song.

Get a birds-eye-view of it once in awhile.

As you work in one area, don't forget that there are other ingredients to it.

or what I call the "5 Elements of A Song".

Which are...

• Rhythm

• Harmony

• Melody

• Structure

• Lyrics

It can be easy to lose sight of the bigger picture when you're working on one element at a time.

Here's a little exercise for ya:

You're gonna use 2 of the 5 elements for this.

Harmony & Melody.

Chord Option: G 

Melody Note Options: G A B C D


Your main focus here is on MELODY. So play your available G chord and see how many variations you can come up with to make your available melody notes sound interesting over that single G chord.

Come up with AT LEAST 3 options

That's it. That's your exercise. 

It's an exercise in creativity!


Limiting your information forces you to be inventive!

It also helps to relieve you from overwhelming yourself with options which leads to getting things done - instead of experiencing "analysis paralysis".


So remember to "zoom out" once in awhile and see your song as a whole. You may be tired of hearing that same old chord, but if you add a fresh new melody over it...that one single element could change it into something entirely new and exciting!


Give it a go!

If you have any questions - don't hesitate to ask me RIGHT HERE