Tuneful vs. Untuneful Melodies

There are two different kinds of melodies.  Tuneful ones and untuneful ones. Now what is a “tuneful” melody? Definition It’s one where if you play that melody instrumentally, it still holds listeners’ attention. That sounds obvious if you’re talking instrumental music, but in songs with words, that’s not always a …

Intervals: Basic Building Blocks of Music

An interval is a distance between two notes. A song is made up of many intervals. An interval has two directions: up or down.  Going up has an energizing effect.  Coming down is the opposite — calming, settling, depressing, and so on.  It basically takes away energy. The other element of an interval is …

Eight Elements of an Impactful Song: an Overview

An impactful song is one where all the elements work together to form a cohesive, focused expression. Let’s think about this for a moment. Most of the time, a song is a short form where it just focuses on one feeling. There are longer songs that go through various sections …