How To Write A Melody On The Guitar

Now that you have learned to play a few chords on the guitar, the next step is to write a melody of your own. With this article, we will be your guide to successfully writing a wonderful melody.

How To Write A Melody On The Guitar

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To write a melody, you need to first understand what a melody is. A melody is a sequence of single notes that are played one after the other.

Now, let us look at a few simple steps that would set you on your way to creating a basic and beautiful melody using stuff you are already familiar with.

Step 1 – Select A Few Chords

By now, you should already be familiar with a few chords on the guitar, these chords will be your stepping stone to creating your first melody.

One of the easiest ways to create a simple melody is to hold a chord, and then, instead of striking all the strings at the same time, you pick them one at a time.

So, to create your first simple melody, select a few chords you already know and enjoy playing.

Step 2 – Come Up With A Picking Order

Picking order is the order your strings are picked, pretty simple. For this step, there is no general way to do it. This is because the picking order you use is dependent on the chord(s) you decide to use.

When creating your melody, you could use just one chord and strike each string with different picking orders and still create something cool.

Although there are no general hacks, there is one thing that is important when choosing a picking order, and it involves the notes in the chords you are playing.

For your melody to sound pleasant, your picking order needs to be arranged in such a way that the notes in the chord or chords complement each other.

Step 3 – Pick A Beat Count

The beat count is what determines the speed of your melody. For your first melody, we advise that you don’t select a beat count that is too fast as this could make the work a little more complex for you.

So, don’t do something too fast so you don’t over push yourself, and not something too slow so you don’t get bored.

Once you have selected the beat count that works best for you, then you can align your picking order with the beat count.

With these three simple steps, you are well on your way to writing a melody of your own.

Conclusion — How To Write A Melody On The Guitar


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Before we leave you, it is important that we mention that the most important tool for you when creating a melody are your ears.

The chord you decide you use, your picking order, and beat count that you decide to use all depend on what sounds the best in your ears.

So, when creating your melody, try as much as possible to stay original and make music that sounds good to you first.

Finally, we leave you with a video showing a few tips and ideas for creating your own melody.

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