How to Extend an Existing Melody
How can you make your melodies more interesting?
When we are working with an existing melody, in some cases we need to adapt it somewhat. This is to provide contrast when it is repeated in many sections throughout the song or make it longer or shorter to make it fit in the arrangement.
One way to achieve this is by lengthening the melody and again this can be done by applying various methods. One frequently used technique is to extend an eight bar melody into twelve or sixteen measures. And if done correctly, one can still hear the original melody.
So lets start off with an original melody and chord progression:
In bar 7 again the same rhythm is used from bars 1, 3 and 5 but instead of the melody going up it goes down.
Now lets look at the next example: