Simple Tools for Writing Melody

In this video, I talk about two important melodic tools: ‘motive‘ and ‘repetition.’ Most melodies we know and love use these two tools in predictable patterns.  The patterns help us to write more accessible songs.  After writing ‘in’ the box of accessibility, we understand better when we can write ‘outside’ that box, too.

I hope this video helps you feel more confident as you write melody and harmony.  Happy writing!


3 thoughts on “Simple Tools for Writing Melody”

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  2. Love the way you explain it Andrea,I’ve recieved the emailers from edx on Berklee Songwritting
    programs.Watching your video, I’m hooked(no pun intended).I’ve played guitar many years although I really can’t read music,byt can play well.I ‘ve written a few songs including one I played for my friends daughter and some 20yrs later she surprized me and said do you remember this one and played it.But I’ve yet to grab the bull by the horns and approach this as if I really had the skillsets or confidence to write a good song.Can you,your course help me?


    1. Hi John,
      So glad to hear the information here is useful to you. I teach the material you are reviewing at Berklee College of Music’s online program. I do highly recommend the courses there on a number of levels, from networking to gaining confidence, and of course the tools to write your best songs.
      Best of luck to you –



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