How to Write a Melody
by Alexander Borisoff
Published by Wimbledon
After many years of studying and teaching music – especially theory and harmony – the author found that almost everyone at one time or another has thought of a melody, but has had no way of transcribing it into written music so that it could be played or sung by others.
An idea began to take shape: develop a simple method whereby anyone – people who play instruments by ear, music lovers, students, teachers, or amateur musicians – could, in a very short time, learn How To Write a Melody.
Only the barest essentials need be included in such a book so that with a minimum of time and effort, on the part of the reader, this objective could be reached.
Upon its completion, this unique mehtod was tested among a wide variety of people. The results were astounding. Men and women of differing backgrounds found themselves easily assimliating music fundamentals which ultimately enabled them to construct interesting popular melodies.
This method involves Three Basic Steps.
The First Step is to PLACE THE NOTES OF THE MELODY ON THE MUSIC STAFF.
The Second Step is to DETERMINE THE KEY OF THE MELODY.
The Third Step is to ESTABLISH THE RHYTHM OR BEAT.
The three essential factors in music are Rhythm, Melody, and Harmony.
Rhythm, or meter, is the time value of music.
Melody is a succession of musical sounds or a musical thought.
For those who have no musical background, Part I will give all the elements needed to execute these three steps.
For those who have had some music instruction (sight reading, key signatures, time values, etc.) Part I should not be necessary unless it is used for simple reference. In such cases, Part II will be sufficient.
Simple and well-known melodies have been selected as musical examples in this text. Many of these probably began as just a tune running through somebody's mind, just waiting to be written as a melody.