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I can't hear sound on my PC right now but would deffo like to know what was said about writing melodies.FWIW my take on the subject includesrepetition ie patterns that the ear can latch onto and recognise maybe in a different formnot so much repetition that it becomes boringa modicum of twists and other unexpected thingsnot so many twists that it becomes random or avant-gardemelody fragments that work over a chord change rather than a statement-per-chordharmonic movement (see what @Viz said)if words are involved, then rhythmic patterns or rises and falls in pitch that go with the words
And also surprising timings... Add a little double time or playing in-between beats rather than on the beats...
So basically... Try not to be boring Add musical surprises....
This is why I gave the examples of solo players.. In a solo I think to be good it cant just be scales and playing inside the boxes. You need to play outside the box literally and mentally.
The problem with all of this is everyone has different taste.. So sometimes people can go so far outside the box (in my taste) that it becomes being different just to be different rather than it necessarily sounding good. Its my issue with Fusion Jazz type music.. Its so far outside the box that I can no longer follow any sense of a pattern and then it almost becomes a bunch of people playing random notes as there never seems to be any resolution to the music. I understand and see the skill involved in such music but I don't enjoy listening to it.
Something like this
I get the skill.. But theres so much going on that at the end I don't remember any of it.. Id rather have a catchy repetitive riff and some good lyrics to listen too
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A good friend of mine is currently getting a demo together.. He spent like ten years studying music at Uni... When I hear his music I can always hear he has tried to make it as interesting as possible.
Heres one track