MODULE 4
VIDEO 3: HOW I WRITE MELODIES

DESCRIPTION:
In this video, Seth demonstrates how to write melodies by improvising, switching instruments, harmonizing to one of your favorite songs, and letting the lyric dictate the melody. He explains that the first idea you start with is not always the best and shares personal experience of writing melodies with For King & Country. Melodies can come from anywhere and be inspired by anything, so be prepared to chase them down when they come to you.

IMPORTANT LINKS:
Download Seth's Garage Band file from the session

TIME STAMPS:
0:00 — How Seth comes up with melodies using improvisation
0:12 — Defining improvisation
0:24 — The difference between instrumentation and melody
1:32 — To come up with hit song melodies, you don’t have to be able to read music
2:00 — Seth’s process for coming up with melodies
2:18 — Example of an improvised melody using Smart Piano on Garage Band
3:45 — One trick for improvisation is switching instruments
3:57 — Example of an improvised melody by switching instruments
5:00 — Learning an instrument is a very valuable thing for you as a songwriter
5:37 — Writing melodies by harmonizing to one of your favorite songs
5:53 — Example of writing a melody by harmonizing to one of your favorite songs from The Greatest Showman
7:34 — Letting the lyric or idea dictate where the melody goes
7:47 — Example of letting the lyric, idea, or title dictate the melody: “Kids of Summer”
9:02 — The first idea that you start with isn’t always the best
9:21 — Example of the first idea not being the best from For King & Country
9:40 — Defining sampling
11:14 — Improvising melodies from The Greatest Showman

SONGS MENTIONED IN THIS VIDEO:
“Come Alive” — Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (The Greatest Showman)

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