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Francois - Module 1: How To Write Melodies

Francois - Module 1: How To Write MelodiesHow To Write MelodiesLearn how to come up with great sounding melodies for your own productions.What you will learn:...
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Francois - Module 1: How To Write Melodies

Francois - Module 1: How To Write Melodies

How To Write Melodies

Learn how to come up with great sounding melodies for your own productions.

What you will learn:

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  • A complete framework for writing melodies
  • Applying this knowledge in examples to find better melodies for your own productions
  • We will show you how to come up with interesting and fresh melodies using different scales and modes for future bass, edm / festival, melodic deep/techno, house, pop, progressive house and many more
  • We are going to show you many nice sound examples - offering a practical application of our theoretical frameworks
  • We are going to deeply analyze melodies and find out
      • why some melodies simply work and others don’t
      • rules and codes for “hit song” hooks and melodies

How this course is structured

  • In the first part of this course we are going to look at the basic concepts around melodies and make use of many examples.
  • In the second part we will take a deeper look into scales and modes as ing points for more advanced and intentional melody writing.
  • We will learn how to come up with great melodies, using different scales and modes, “that work” in your own compositions and make them sound more interesting and unique.
  • Many practical writing sessions are covering different styles such as Melodic Deep / Techno, Future Bass, EDM, Summer Vibes, Progressive House, Pop and many more.
  • Along the way, we are going to share a lot of our specific knowledge and experience on composition.
  • You will get around 4 hours of studio sessions with Francois.

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Who is it made for?

  • This course is designed for electronic music producers - we are going to take the perspective of someone working inside a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation - like Cubase, Logic Pro, Ableton Live, FL Studio).
  • The course is designed for beginners but it’s also suitable for advanced learners of the subject as we go into great detail after our first “basics” block is covered.

 

Course Curriculum

Introduction: Melody Course

Introduction (1:06)

Looking At Some Common Melody Problems (6:51)
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Refresher: Music Theory & Harmony

1 - What is a Scale and the C Major Scale (9:56)
2 - The Natural Minor Scale (2:04)
3 - Relative Minor, Circle of Fifths (3:19)
4 - Triads - Thirds & Fifths, Minor vs Major, Being in “Key” (7:48)

Melody Basics

1 - Definition of A Melody (using 3 Examples) (8:38)
2 - The Intervals Part 1 (9:56)
3 - The Pentatonic Scale - here to Simplify your Scale Life (6:45)
4 - A Minor - A Minor Pentatonic (4:46)

The Foundations of Great Melodies - Part 1

1 - Melody Foundations 1: Tell a Story (5:20)
2 - Melody Foundations 2: Range (3:02)
3 - Melody Foundations 3: Q&A, Repetition & Variation (6:24)
4 - Melody Foundations 4: Steps, Skips, Leaps and Rhythm (9:24)
5 - Practical Session: Writing a simple Melody for Melodic Techno (16:46)
6 - Practical Session: Writing a simple Melody for EDM (6:59)

The Foundations of Great Melodies - Part 2

1 - How to Establish a Tonal Center for your Melody (7:54)
2 - Practical Session: Writing a simple Melody - Summer Beat (8:49)
3 - The Tritone: An Example (3:14)
4 - The Intervals Part 2 - Properties (11:59)
5 - Intervals: The Millennium Whoop (3:18)
6 - Beginner Scale Trick: Transpose to a Scale you know well (3:27)

7 - How to find Chords for any Melody (15:22)
8 - Practical Session: Writing a simple Melody - Pop/Future Bass (11:54)

Using Modes To Set The Mood

1 - Modes: Fundamental Concept 1 (8:05)
2 - Modes Example: Dorian (9:08)
3 - Modes: Fundamental Concept 2 (9:17)
4 - Modes: Fundamental Concept 3 (3:42)
5 - Modes Example Lydian + The Gist (7:41)
6 - Modes: Sum Up and Take Aways (4:22)
7 - Practical Session: Writing a Melody in F Phrygian (Festival Style) (14:16)

Interesting Scales For Writing Melodies

1 - The Blues Scale (5:04)
2 - The Harmonic Minor Scale (2:16)
3 - The Hungarian Minor Scale (4:11)
4 - The Hirajoshi Scale (4:18)

Bonus Videos - Writing Sessions #1

1 - Writing a Melody with the C Major Scale (Francois) (23:09)

2 - Writing a EDM-ish Melody with the A-Minor Scale (Francois) (11:32)
3 - Creating an EDM Chord Progression and Melody (Tom) (22:35)
4 - Writing Tropical Summer House Chords and Melody in Amin (Tom) (29:21)
5 - Writing a Future Bass Track from Scratch (Tom) (39:12)
6 - Writing Progressive House Chords and Melody from Scratch (Tom) (27:36)

Bonus Videos - Writing Sessions #2

1 - Writing Session - Chords and Melody - Melodic Deep / Techno (30:16)
2 - Writing Session - Chords and Melody - Melodic Deep / Techno with Moog Bass (22:56)
3 - Writing Session - Hirajoshi Scale (7:59)
4 - Writing Session - EDM Progressive House “Dramatic” Progression in F-Minor (8:23)

5 - Writing Session - Uplifting Summer House Chords in C#-Minor (21:21)
Bonus Session: Writing “Snake” Chords & Melody (16:51)

Bonus Inspiration

Bonus Inspiration: Iwato Scale (via Instagram) (0:42)

  • Bonus Inspiration: Iwato Scale (via Instagram) (0:42)

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