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In this week's video, pro writer Jimmy Yeary explains how he gets inspiration for his melodies.

Melody Exercise #1

Choose a song you love and rearrange the chords – e.g., make the verse chords the bridge and the bridge chords the verse. Now, sing a new melody line to fit.

Melody Exercise #2

This exercise is meant to be used after you watch Dave Isaac's video.

Find a free music notation software like or Once you’ve downloaded it and familiarized yourself a little, enter your melody’s music notes, print them, and draw a continuous line beginning with the first note and stopping at the last note. This is your melodic contour, and it is a way to visualize the melody of your song.

Melody Exercise #3

Dummy syllables such as la, or da, or na, etc. can help you with a new melody. Choose a rhythm pattern or drum loop, record a few chords to that rhythm using either piano or guitar, and then formulate a melody using dummy syllables (da, na, la, etc). Play with different rhythms and timing on different beats.

March Blog - Top 12 Melodies According to the NSAI Staff

We don't claim to have all the answers, but we certainly have opinions! In this month's blog post, find out what the NSAI staffers think are the top 12 melodies of all time.

Catch up on March's MELODY content you may have missed:
Video - Harnessing Great Melodies with Marcus Hummon
Video - Get to Know Marcus Hummon
Video - Melodic Inspiration ft. Marcus Hummon
Video - Melody Regardless of Skill Level with Dave Isaacs

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