Writing Melodies (proggression, scales etc)
Posted 28 December 2013 - 01:36 AM
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Posted 30 December 2013 - 12:30 AM
If you take a chord and break it down into single notes and play them in any order (left-right, right-left, repeat this one, but not that one, skip this note, but not that one, jump up or down an octave, strike the whole chord then go back to single notes, etc) you can create melodies in harmony easily. Then add in other chords, use your ears, you'll know when it's not fitting together. Essentially, you will be playing parts of scales. Another approach is to look up the notation or even guitar tab for songs you like the progessions of, and break those chords down into notes, or just rearrange and play with the chords/notes in general. That's basically what we do when chop samples in slices, rearrange and transpose.
Posted 29 January 2014 - 07:50 PM
Improvising with analog instruments helps, but this requires knowing how to play something. Playing around on a keyboard or guitar for a bit really unclogs the works for me. A lot of hip-hop is jazz, of course; one of the keyboardists I work with told me that his approach to improvising is to use whatever chord he can fit in his hands. Another focuses on finding a polyrhythm that grooves and is comfortable to play (though she maintains that those two qualities are mutually inclusive).
When all else fails, I go all-out atonal. Find whatever weird noisemakers I have and record them going nuts.
Sometimes, when I get high and listen to pieces that I believe are incomplete or missing something crucial, I can hear the "missing" content. Then, I record myself singing or humming or beatboxing or screeching it into my phone recorder.
Posted 30 January 2014 - 07:09 AM
You could also redo the melodies/basslines or whatever from old records, I noticed Ta-Ku does that sometimes...
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