A song is a musical expression of words written successively to utter them in a way that pleases the tone. There are various ways to write a song, depending on the genre being focused on. The main item that will guide you in writing this song is the theme of the song. It will point you in the direction that the song is meant to go, how it is meant to sound. Sometimes, artists would like to experiment and mix a genre with a different theme, where certain themes that only fit in a certain genre are put into other genres. Some emerge as being successful and get accepted by the masses, however, the majority of them do not make it past the studio. Themes and genres are two items that go together, which when together form the base of the lyrics of a song.
Genres of music include rhythm and blues, hip hop, rap, electro, country, classic, among others. All these pieces contain a melody, but in some, it’s easier to pick them than in others. In certain genres, they are more enjoyable and ease the soul better than in others. Genres like classical, or rhythm and blues make it easy to pick their melodious tones that easily soothe the soul. Sometimes, its lyrics may not make sense, but its melodious tone will have you listening to it every chance you get. That is the kind of power melody holds on the human mind.
As you’re writing a song, that tune is recurring every so often, almost like it’s carrying the song. When listened to carefully, you’ll pick that it’s where the song sits, forming the backbone of the piece. It’s from here where the artist can now diversify their tones to make the piece interesting while remaining in key all through. This tune is known as a melody, and it is more important than the other decorating tones.
Without it, your song would not be easily accepted by the audience, since it will be sounding off. This is what people will want to sing along to since not all people can hit all high or low notes that you have added to make it sound sweeter. It can be done alone to keep it simple, or mixed with other melodies to make a more complex piece. Without these melodies, even a musician would be confused on which key to place your song, since it would be all over the place.
From melody, we can generate harmony, mixing voices that synch to make an outstanding piece. This is where a cappella groups shine, and those that gel well often have a way of making their music reach your soul. Such shows you do not need all sorts of instruments to make music, your voice is enough an instrument to get everyone’s attention. The success of a song is often determined by how good its melody is. For melody to be considered, it has to satisfy three basic requirements: contour, range, and scale.
Contour refers to the overall line that rises, falls, or moves in any way provided there is motion. Range refers to the space occupied by the spectrum of pitches the human ear can hear. There are some pitches so high that the human ear cannot register, but can be heard by a dog. The range should be within the human ear registry, with some songs having one with two notes. A scale is defined to be a system of tones that a melody’s foundation is placed on. These tones are identified in order of pitches from the key a song is written in.
Evidence can be found when we take the example of a big choir. A choir will consist of pockets of people who sing different voices, which they present together as a beautiful song. Their voices will range from bass to soprano, but some will be heard to sing in the middle range. These are the people who give the bearing of the song, from which the other people can break from to sing in their voice. This part is so important that if they go off-key, then the whole presentation is destroyed, and they either have to start again to get their bearing.