How to Write A Song: Creating Vocal Melodies | Songwriting | Tips & Techniques

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In this free songwriting tutorial, Berklee professor Jimmy Kachulis teaches you tips and techniques for writing vocal melodies over a bass line when creating a song.

Master songwriter Jimmy Kachulis has analyzed thousands of hits, identifying the structures and patterns that work best, and why. In his ‘Writing Hit Songs’ course, he’ll share the techniques successful writers use to craft vivid, memorable songs and help you do the same. Whether you’re a relative beginner or an experienced songwriter, you’ll learn how to brainstorm ideas, overcome writer’s block, and express yourself more effectively in words and music. Combining technical principles with pure creative expression, this hands-on course will help you find your voice, sharpen your craft, and create songs listeners will appreciate and remember.

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Learn techniques for writing original songs in a variety of musical styles—techniques that have propelled Berklee alumni to write number one songs and win Grammy Awards. In this program, you will develop skills to create song structures, harmonies, melodies, and lyrics that support and enhance the ideas that you want to express. Through listening and analysis, you will be able to recognize and discuss quality elements in musical and lyrical structures. You will learn arranging techniques that support the style and structure of a song with appropriate instrumentation. You will develop your own voice as a songwriter and learn to write more effectively and efficiently, whether by yourself or in collaboration with other songwriters.

Jimmy Kachulis teaches songwriting and lyric writing at Berklee, conducts clinics nationwide, and has helped thousands of songwriters develop and maximize their skills. Look through the bios of some of today’s best songwriters, and his name comes up again and again; his students’ works have earned Grammy nominations, and been recorded by a vast range of artists on major and independent labels. An accomplished composer, arranger and conductor, he has worked with great artists like George Coleman, Jon Hendricks, John Lewis and Martha Reeves, and his compositions have been featured on scores from The Sopranos to Touched By An Angel. Jimmy’s songs and arrangements for “Island Breeze”, by legendary guitarist, Eric Gale, have been re-released and distributed worldwide under the Warner Brothers label.

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M.D Records says:

this guy is into doin somthin else. this can't be exactly writing songs, i wanna here write songs without touchn any instrument. i mean from the mind creating beautiful phrases and build structure…

Cem Başak says:

Hearing Jimmy Kachulis speak makes me want to eat something, he speaks like he is talking about something very delicious

Brian T. Carter says:

Thx a lot Jimmy! I thought for a minute that I couldn't write melody….had a mini panic attack. Your video reminded me of things I already knew plus added a few new insights. thx, i wrote something today 🙂

Pierre Lataste says:

Very interesting tips ! Thanks 🙂

really cool dude says:

wait a minute is this dude's shirt secured with velcro

Julie Gill says:

Does anyone know where the next video in the series is please?

Alex says:

i trust this guy

Clinton Dawkins says:

I thank you sir,this helps a lot.

mark styles says:

I've taken most of Berklee's online songwriting courses.. I had Jimmy as a teacher in one of them. Pat Patterson and his songwriting teachers are excellent…

Mahdi says:

so nice and useful

Antony Star says:

I really enjoyed this video. Great job!

Nando N says:

This is genius.

Ege Yigiter says:

What is Mike from Breaking Bad doing teaching me vocal melody?

Lee Kalamazoo says:

very interesting – thank you

Perlimist says:

Really useful! You put across ideas so clearly. Thank you 🙂

Andrew Tufano says:

Loving Jimmy Kachulis videos! Got me thinking about melody lines in all sorts of new ways. I'm currently writing and releasing 100 songs in 100 days on my channel, so this is very helpful. Would love to hear any thoughts or critiques from fellow songwriters and music lovers!

ian eisemann says:

just what i was looking for

RumbleOfDrums says:

Thank you so much for this Jimmy and Berklee

Lig Wingo says:

Good shit thx for the video

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