Do you want to learn how to construct strong, expressive, powerful melodies?
This week we’ll look at how your choice of chords affects the melody & how it relates to genre & contemporary writing. You’ll understand how progressions really work and speed up your writing by removing the guesswork that many self-taught musicians can be tempted to rely on.
This unique interactive presentation series with practical exercises will cover the techniques of Melody, Harmony & Hook Writing for songwriters – you’ll learn the elements of a great melody & how to use them in your own songs.
In songwriting Melody is King & it stands or falls on very fine margins – we only have relatively few notes to play with. If you feel you want to make the most of your melodies sign up for a wealth of fresh ideas!
Looking at contemporary & classic songs of all genres we’ll delve deeply into essential topics, basic & advanced, such as using Rhythmic Hooks, Motifs, Pitch, Chords & Prosody as well as a simple guide to reading sheet music, music theory & much much more!
The series will include the following comprehensive Melody Writing classes:
1/11/21 – The Power of Melodic Rhythm & Motifs
8/11/21 – Scales of Emotion – Melodic Note Choices
15/11/21 – Chord Colours & Effective Progressions
22/11/21 – Supercharge your Melodies with Pitch & Prosody
These sessions are suitable for songwriters of all experience levels – you will naturally have written some songs & be curious about the melody notes you are using & how further tools can allow you to fully express yourself in melody & harmony.
The price of each class is £20 – if you sign up for the remaining 3 sessions the total is discounted by 20% to only £47.
There are limited places available for this unique, great value opportunity. You will be sent a Zoom link the day before classes.
NOTE: You may need some basic knowledge of Music Theory if taking this as a standalone session.
Testimonials from previous attendees:
“A really helpful, eye-opening course, full of great ideas, tips & tricks”. “Opened up music theory, ear-training & encouraged me to learn an instrument”
“Great to visualise the melodies as well as hear them. It was just what I was looking for”
“Murray’s approach to teaching is wholistic in that not only does he present a concept and define it, but he offers real songs as examples. He proceeds to clearly break down those concepts using the song as a guide or template to illustrate the subject. I could undoubtedly see from class 1 to 4 how my level of observation, knowledge and application of the concepts increased.”
I’ve taken 5 different workshops in the past 3 years & have never seen a facilitator approach this subject with such a straightforward method of analysing song structure in order to replicate successful writing techniques.
ABOUT THE HOST
Murray Webster has taught London Songwriters Evening Courses & Workshops for the last eleven years, including seventeen highly successful week-long Countryside Songwriting Retreats. He has a Masters Degree in Songwriting, a PTLLS Teaching Qualification as a Community Music Leader and has mentored young people in music skills for NCS – The Challenge.
He has a wealth of experience as a multi-genre songwriter, having performed at some of the most prestigious music venues including The Astoria, The Hammersmith Palais, The Forum, 100 Club, The WAG Club, The Mint (LA) and Douglas Corner Cafe (Nashville). Plus Radio and TV appearances on the Gilles Peterson and Gary Crowley shows and Channel 4 documentaries on The Soho Jazz Festival supporting Courtney Pine. He has recorded and filmed with producer Marius de Vries (Madonna, Bjork, John Legend, David Bowie etc.).
His self-produced tracks feature on CD-released albums featured in The Guinness Book Of Records, as well as single and album releases on CBS Records.
He also has self-released tracks on all digital platforms – the latest single and EP ‘Blue Dansette’ is at music.murraywebstersongs.com