There are many different kinds of melodies. Each composer has a different idea of what makes a good melody. Over the entire history of music, melodies have always changed and developed based on a wide range of factors.
We call the shape of a melody its'
First, when traveling from one note to the next you must decide on the overall shape of your melody. Is it going to start low and go high? Is it going to start medium high, dip down a little and then end high?
click to see notes move by LEAP
click to see notes move by SKIP
click to see notes move by STEP
click to play Twinkle, Twinkle
Our first goal is to make a melody that is singable and memorable.
Close your eyes and see if you can hear “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" in your head?
Can you now sing Twinkle, Twinkle?
For a smooth melodic shape have your melody
move from one note to the next note mostly by STEP!
Create a melody that has a smooth melodic shape =
Notes can move from one to the next in
a Step + Skip or anything
greater. For example, 2 Skips
Next, see how well you understand this concept of Steps, Skips and Leaps and Melodic Shape by moving some notes around in Noteflight. First we'll move notes only by step.
Click “Next” to go on to the Noteflight assignment.
Drag the name of each kind of melodic motion to the correct image.