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How To Write Catchy Tunes And Melodies?

How to write great songs that people like and remember

Ok, I am going to discuss about a method of writing catchy melodies and tunes for your songs which to some, may seem a tad controversial. But anyway here it is.

Sometimes, when somebody's original tune sounds great, they also sound like another song. Have you had that feeling before?

I am sure that you do and I can even guess that you liked that song even if you have heard it for the first time and remembered it easily, didn't you?  

Actually, this subconscious feeling is quite common as after all, every song is somewhat a recycled melody given the limited range of musical notation, chords and rhythms.

So all songs, somehow or other will overlap other songs that are already in existence. Therefore all songs will have parts of their tune similar with another song or even songs. 

Therefore it is perfectly alright if parts of your song sound like another song although you did not intend it that way when you begun writing the song.


How To Start Writing Songs  

On the contrary, if your tune or melody is a familiar one, then in fact, that may be good. Hang on here. I am not talking about infringing other songwriter's copyright, I am talking about a part of your melody line that sounds somewhat like another song. 

So why is this a good thing, you ask? Well, it is simply because people can relate to your tune even more and so, they will like the song and remember it. They will want to listen to your song because of the familiarity.

It will invoke a pleasant feeling of nostalgia and most of the time, they don't even know why they felt so good hearing your melody. But now you know why, don't you?


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Even if your listeners realized that parts of your song are somewhat similar to another song, so what, no big deal because as a whole, the song is in your own lyrics, your own melody line and expressions and so, it will still be your own original song! 

I must stress the point that you must not intentionally infringe upon other people's copyright. This is not about ripping off other songwriter's work. This is about creating your own melodies and tunes that sound like a familiar tune.


How To Write Familiar Songs

Ok. Go choose a song that you like and is familiar with and start humming the tune. Just hum it, don't sing the lyrics out. This will get you to start thinking 'melodically' and soon, you should be able to hum some variations of
that tune. Just let your imagination take over and toss the melody around as you imagine it and let your creative juices flow.  

Once you can jumble out the tune nicely, then sing it aloud and this will become your own tune. It is really as simple as that.

Another way to do this is to choose a song that you don't even know or heard of before. Listen to this song once, and then listen to it again.

The second time when you are listening to it, sing along with the song. Yes, you probably will not remember the tune and this is when you make up a melody line of your own with this obscure song. 

Whichever method you have chosen to write a song with a somewhat familiar tune, you must feel good about it. It is your gut feeling of feeling pleasant that you know you have written a good catchy tune or melody that people will like and remember.

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