So with that being said, I thought I would make a post about writing melodies! Now obviously I am no master at this, but here is some important pointers I have learn when creating a melody:
1. Choose which Key & Scale you are going to be working in. Is your track going to be in C Major Scale? A minor Scale? G Pentatonic Scale?? there are loads of Keys and sclaes to work from and you first need to decide which of these you will be using for your track! This is very important because once decided you can write you melody around that scale! Now if you are not very musically educated (like me) then head over to HERE where it is all laid out in front of you nice and easy, simply pick your root note, select which scale you want to use and BOOM all the notes u need are right infront of your face.
2. We also want to think about rhythm. Since we are creating dance music you want your melodies to have some sort of rhythm since we are trying to make people dance. Now lets be honest, dance music is very much loop based. Unless you are creating some epic soundscape and amazing classical melody then we don't want to be going to Mozart on this stuff, it is very repetative!! Try to get your melody to have a rhythm to it! So what is your melody going to be? 8th notes? 16th notes? triplets? whatever it is you need a certain rhythmic structure to it. I find writing a very simple melody can often get you into the groove of creating a track. For example lay down a simple few chords on the piano and then just go from there.
3. The next thing you want to think about is the shape of your melody. So is your melody going down, is it going up? is it too linear or maybe it is too random? Your melodies need a certain shape to them. In order for your melody to take shape there is something called a 'call and response'. This can be explained in its plainest form by Bar 1 being the 'call' and then your second bar being the 'response' to that melody (staying in the scale). Then your 3rd bar might 'ask the same question' (play the same melody as bar 1- our repitition), then your 4th bar might have a different response (slight variation to your bar 2 melody). With regards to dance music it is pretty simple stuff! most of the melodies that stick with you aren't necessarily some complex chord progressions, they are very simple catchy melodies that act as the hook in the track. This can even be just a few notes sometimes! Take some bands for example, some of the greatest songs ever written were written with 3 chords. So try not to get too hung up on creating huge complex chord progressions, however; if you are creating such genres like prog house or trance, then I do recommend spending slightly more time getting your melodies together since they are the focal point of those genres.