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Composition for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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Chapter 8. Writing Melodic Leads

The brief of this particular chapter is to discuss the principles underlying the writing of melodic leads. The lead is the main melody of a piece of music, and it is often linked with what commercial music producers describe as the hook—that catchy melodic phrase or motive that appeals so strongly to our ears. The use of such hooks occurs throughout the spectrum of commercial music, and the ability to write a good hook is more or less essential for a good songwriter. Not surprisingly, it is the hook that represents the most memorable part of a music track, as well as being the feature that can secure its recognition and popularity.

Lead Instruments

Your lead melody will ordinarily be on its own track and played by ...

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