As singers, crafting the perfect melody and chord progression can be challenging, especially for those with little experience writing their own music. Luckily, MelodyStudio is here to streamline the writing process and allow for a more efficient songwriting flow. It can also help you become a better songwriter by breaking down the songwriting process into manageable components, allowing you to focus on one aspect at a time. In this guide, we’ll show you how to use MelodyStudio to create incredible music and sharpen your writing skills.
1. Get Familiar with MelodyStudio
Before you start writing, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the MelodyStudio interface. MelodyStudio is a user-friendly platform that makes it easy to create melodies and chord progressions, even if you have never written songs before. Take some time to explore the different features, including the melody and chord generators, and the timeline below your workspace. Take note of the tempo and key settings as well, as you will need to set these later.
2. Bring in Your Lyrics
Once you’re comfortable with the interface, it’s time to bring in your lyrics and start writing your song. If you’re struggling with lyrics, consider using LyricStudio. You are able to input keywords related to your song’s theme, and LyricStudio will provide you with a variety of suggestions to inspire your lyric writing. When you have a complete song, bring it back into MelodyStudio and we are ready to continue.
3. Consider the Key and Tempo
When it comes to music, the key and tempo can vary depending on the genre. Some popular keys singers use include C, G, Em, and Am. It’s important to also consider what key works best in your vocal range. It’s also important to think about the genre you’re writing for when deciding on the key and tempo of your song. The tempo of your song should match the style you’re playing. For instance, upbeat pop songs tend to have faster tempos while ballads tend to be slower.
4. Write a Chord Progression
It’s time to start with the foundation of the song: the chord progressions. There are endless possibilities but some of the most popular chord progressions used by singers include I-IV-vi-V, vi-IV-I-V, and ii-I-V-vi. These progressions are often simple and easy to follow along with and sing to, making them great for beginners. They are also seen across many genres including pop, country, rock, and more. That being said, play around with chords until you find one that feels right to you. Use the chord generator to get started. You can also lock the chords that feel right and continue generating. Once you get more comfortable, play around with 7, 9, 11, and borrowed chords and see how those sounds can fit into your song.
5. Write Your Melody
Once you have your chord progression in place, it’s time to get started on the melody. Select a line of lyrics, use the melody generator in MelodyStudio to get started, then use the timeline feature to adjust and edit your melody until you find the perfect tune. Sing out the melody and see if it feels good to you and make sure it is comfortable for your range. Also, experiment with adding extra notes on the timeline to represent runs or other embellishments to showcase your unique singing style.
6. Creating a Lead Sheet
In addition to creating a melody and chord progression, you can also create a lead sheet for your song. A lead sheet is a document that outlines the basic structure of a song, including the chords, melody, and lyrics. As a singer, a lead sheet can be a helpful tool for memorizing and performing a song. It can also be given to other musicians if you plan on collaborating or performing with a band. MelodyStudio allows you to easily create and print out a lead sheet for your song, so you can have it on hand for rehearsals and performances.
For singers, creating a song has never been easier with MelodyStudio. By following this guide, you can create incredible songs that showcase your unique singing style and capture the essence of your music. Use these different features to streamline your writing process so your inner creative can run free. So go write that hit song, and share it with the world!