03/04/23 – WRITE GREAT MELODIES: The Power of Melodic Rhythm & Motifs


Mon 3rd Apr 2023
19:00 – 21:00


Online via Zoom

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Do you want to learn how to construct strong, expressive, powerful melodies?

This week we’ll cover the essential topics of Motif and Rhythmic Development in Melody and Hook writing – an ear & eye-opening session for all attendees with fascinating insights into the songs you love.

This unique interactive 4-part 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:

03/04/23 – The Power of Melodic Rhythm & Motifs
10/04/23 – Scales of Emotion – Melodic Note Choices
17/04/23 – Chord Colours & Effective Progressions
24/04/23 – 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.

Each session is £20 but you can book all four now for a comprehensive experience at just £67:

9, 16, 23, 30/01/23 – WRITE GREAT MELODIES – 4 Week Evening Course

There are limited places available for this unique, great value opportunity. You will be sent a Zoom link the day before classes.

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.

London Songwriters Teaching

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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 AstoriaThe Hammersmith PalaisThe Forum100 Club, The WAG ClubThe 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