Figuring Out Simple Melodies
Figuring out melodies by ear is the basis for development of our melodic self. Everyone can do this. We select simple melodies, which we know we can sing, find those tones on the guitar, & play it like we sing it.
Which melodies we figure out [children’s tunes, vocal melodies of songs we know, classic melodies from the masters, such as Bach and Mozart] aren’t as important as owning the skill. Print some blank tab to begin this process. Write out the melodies you are figuring out.
Figure out enough melodies, let’s say 10, and there is a switch point, where we are melodically connected. At that point, a scale becomes a tune well. We are melodically awake. If we can sing a melody, we can play it. And, melodies are infinite.
When playing & figuring out melodies, we use our voice (sing) & ear (listen). With a melody, the next tone either stays the same, goes up, or goes down. If it goes up or down, we just have to figure out how far. Choose a tune you know and can sing, find the tones, and write them down. Repeat.
Let’s get started with a simple melody that everyone knows…