Jeeze this is tough (and Major/Minor Scale Cheat Sheets)

Still nothing to show! I have been trying to figure out a good melody, learning theory, watching videos, reading tutorials. I think I have chords, scales and all that good stuff down, but it’s hard to put it to practice! So here is a big link on melody tips to keep you busy.

http://audio.tutsplus.com/tutorials/composition/seven-steps-to-writing-memorable-melodies-part-1/

I’m off to try some more.

P.S. I think it may be easier to build a melody off a beat than a beat off of a melody.

*Edit: I thought I already posted about scales, but I guess not.

This is important to learn so pay a little attention. Here are some cheat sheets for learning the Major and Minor Scales on the go. In the following information T=Tone (two keys over) S=Semitone (one key over). Also for these examples my root key will be C. Have a play with a synth or piano or midi keyboard to listen for the differences.

Major Scale: Root Key – T – T – S – T – T – T – S or C -D – E – F – G – A – B

Natural Minor Scale: Root Key – T – S – T – T – S – T – T or C – D – E Flat – F – G – A Flat – B Flat – C

Harmonic Minor Scale: Root Key – T – S – T – T – S – T+S (a tone and a half) – T or C – D – E Flat – F – G – A Flat – B – C

Now comes the tricky one. The following is the Melodic Minor Scale. Unlike the other scales, this one is not played the same in reverse.

Chromatic Minor Scale Ascending: Follow the “Natural Minor Scale” but raise the 6th and 7th note a semi ton

i.e. Root Key – T – S – T – T – T – T – T or C – D – E Flat – F – G – A – B – C

Chromatic Minor Scale Descending: Same pattern as the “Natural Minor Scale”

 

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