00 – Adding Melody



Print out Blank Manuscript for worksheet for Task 2 – Create a Song  g8-16-bar-grand-stf-with-melody – Use this one for complete song chord progressions/bass line/melody

*Finished song should be input in Noteflight and shared with Mr. Johnston for final assessment. 

The students need to use the following URL:

login with their YIS username (first part of their email address)
and with a password of yis123.


Key Signature Resource for the following videos 


ADDING MELODY: Use the 3 videos below as a guide to writing your melody.  Some excellent techniques are discussed that should help you create a very nice sounding melody that is interesting.

‘Seven Steps to Writing Memorable Melodies – Part One’

  • Step 1: Understand the Interaction Between the Chord and Melody
  • Step 2: Making Use of Other Notes in the Scal

‘How do I come up with a really good melody?’ The answer, as with all million-dollar questions, can’t be given as a simple “You do it like this…” However, over the years, I’ve developed a series of techniques and tips which can be used to help beginner song writers and composers come up with stronger melody lines.

‘Seven Steps to Writing Memorable Melodies – Part Two’ 

  • Step 3: Jumping over the Desired Note by a Whole Tone
  • Step 4: Jumping Six Notes of the Scale
  • Step 5: Repeating Patterns

So far we’ve worked out which notes we should use to get a ‘pleasant’ sound and avoid random or ‘clashing’ melody sounds. In the next two steps, we’ll learn techniques to add subtle interest to the melody by applying small ‘techniques’ to the order in which we play the selected notes.

‘Seven Steps to Writing Memorable Melodies – Part Three’

  • Step 6: Compose, Stop, Repeat, Record
  • Step 7: Rhythm and Varying Note Lengths
  • Step 8: Using the Techniques Creatively

If you’ve already read and digested the previous two parts, then lets get stuck in to the final steps of this tutorial.