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Melodic Shape

I want to draw your attention to three great posts by a man named Jerry Gates.

Melodic Shape 1

Melodic Shape 2

Melodic Shape 3

They’re about three types of melodic shape that Jerry calls ‘Line’, ‘Circle’ and ‘Square’.

I’m not sure if I would have picked those particular shapes for his examples, but the principles he’s talking about are sound and should help you get a handle on the type of melodies you want to write.

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