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But why is it catchy and memorable?
Thanks for the reply @gringopig. Could you repost those videos? The forum has a bug when you edit posts with video links, they get converted to photos. I'd love to give them a listen.
Frank Zappa ... all Country since the mid-90s into the latter.
Of course then there’s the harmony. Melody is almost nothing without harmonic context. The juicy chords and shifting progressions underneath the tune are fundamental to how it sounds so gorgeous.
Branshen said:@viz that is an intense piece of music! I'll have to give it a few more listens to internalise and appreciate the melody better. But on my first few listens, the first thing that sticks out to me is the juxtaposition of the nimble and powerful left hand playing and the hesitant, slightly delayed melody line played on the right. Then on the second and third time through the same motif, the melody line picks up in tempo and confidence.. Very interesting rhythmic idea.
This is a cool vid that talks about improvising melodies.. REALLY good..
For me though its about picking out interesting notes but also notes that arnt just random but lead you somewhere. For me David Gilmour is one of the best melodic players along with Jeff Beck.
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Branshen said:@rabs and @Phil_aka_Pip thank you for the suggestions. I do enjoy a good melodic guitar solo but I was thinking more of lead or head melodies, which tend to be sparser. But I guess the ideas do overlap somewhat. Wow! I've never seen Barney Kessel so young.
Yeah I know what I posted was a bit different to what you were asking but thought it relevant...
This guy does REALLY good videos where he goes in to the technical aspects of many great songs and I think he does it really well..
Heres his tips for a great melody...