Melodic Build-Ups

Melodic Build-Ups Building towards a climax requires also your melody to increase tension which is not only possible by “going higher and higher”. When analyzing melodic structures that build towards a climax, usually several characteristics of the melody push it...

Repeating Pitches in a Melody

Repeating Pitches in a Melody When writing a melody, many inexperienced composers tend to overuse certain pitches, their melody kind of gets stuck at a pitch and keeps on using it over and over again. For a certain length it is okay to hover around one pitch but it...

Highest pitch in a melody

Highest pitch in a Melody One common property of many successful melodies is that the highest (and lowest) note of it only occurs once in the melody. This is a pretty essential thing in order to give it a proper dramaturgy. Also, the highest note shouldn’t be a...

Scoring the Climax scene first

Scoring the Climax Scene first When scoring a quite long movie, there is a danger of losing the focus for a proper dramaturgy. Sometimes you work your way up to the climax of the movie but when you reach it, you notice that you scored the few preceding build-up scenes...