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    Quote Originally Posted by grimtraveller View Post
    Whatever key I'm in and whatever chords or chord sequence may be playing, I just use my imagination. I've found that on virtually every occasion some kind of solo "melody" has suggested itself.
    That's interesting...in my case, I work the opposite almost always.
    I first hear a melody, but somehow more in a song context, not just a single melodic line...and then I'll figure out what chords are going with it.
    IOW...it's not like I have just the melody and try to fit it across some chords...rather, the way I hear the melody, the chords are already there, I just need to discover them on a piano or guitar to see what they are. Basically, both chords and melody seem to evolve simultaneously.

    I rarely come up with just some chord progression...and then attempt to write a melody to them.

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    Can you come up with a better scale than C#m for the chords F#m C#m D and E? I cannot. I think that is the KEY of 'E'. Play the C#m scale.

    If you get stumped use a sampler like the VP9000, you can use an ARP function with Randomizer, and select the notes in the scale. It will break the line up differently each time. Even re quantize the breaks in tempo. Its like feeding an ARP into an ARP.
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    Song Sung Blue is one; I'd have to find the sheet music . . . I seem to have misplaced it.

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    You guys have it right. I looked at some other online sources and he seems to write a lot of songs in A and E. I was WONDERING why he didn't seem to be writing for the guitar when he mainly plays that instrument. I believe I did most of them in C, possibly in error, if you can call it that. Except for the vocal, I can always transpose them in the DAW LOL

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    F#m C#m D and E?? Or rather A,E and D in the Major key version. Hardly exciting, as it's every guitar player's stock open string chords. It's also not just the chords, but how the chords are played that poke your brain into conjuring up melodies to go with them.

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    All the chords have the scales formed into them. There are common root notes to the progression. It is THE most sacred of maths. Primes, the indivisble.

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    Another of my methods. Never use the word 'love' . You can describe it. To me it seems tacky.

    If you do use the word ' love' in a song, over use it. Kind of laughing at the face of love.

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    Primes? Indivisible? Not quite sure here. Are we talking modes? I hated music theory when I had too teach it. putting melodies to chord progressions is something that just comes to people, or is always a problem because they break the rules in ways they don't understand why it sounds 'wrong'.

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    On guitar I like writing songs in G or D (and their assorted modes) because the chords associated with those keys are the easiest for me to play. On the other hand, on piano I prefer to write in C or F (for similar reasons). However, that doesn't mean the song stays in that key. Once I have the structure of a song sorted, I will transpose into a key that it needs to be in vocal range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob aylestone View Post
    Primes? Indivisible?
    With liberty and justice for all , brother.

    Meaning, 1st 'root' , 3rds, 5ths , 7 ths, etc. Prime numbers in the steps. They hold the most raw power.
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