Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicMusicSinging · 8 months ago

How to write vocal parts?

The songs have a vocal part, the notes on which the singer sings. I was looking for information on how to make this part, the sequence of notes, but I couldn't find it yet. Are there any techniques, methods, how to write vocal parts?rts?

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago
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    Yes, many yes's to your question. Too many in fact, to give you a nice clean answer. You should first learn about basic music theory, try

    There is no right answer, but there are sensible ones.

     Aurally: play notes. If you like them, keep them, if you don't get rid of them. Keep building on what you like.

    Historical/Theory:Study beginning with basic music notation.Then study the 5 species of counterpoint. (Strict rules for making a melody (cantus firmus) against a accompaniment (counterpoint)). This was especially prominent in the Baroque era. Then trace the development/changes to music throughout the eras up to today to get a full picture of how music developed, and the various sounds through the eras. With that knowledge, you'll learn some basic embellishments, chromaticism, form, style, and other tools to create melodies. Whether you follow these strictly or break them is your own choice. (although it may work, or it may not). For 21st century, you may have to do self-study or search around for an analysis of trends of music for recent stuff. (or listen and study yourself). 

    Other things to consider: Range: What vocalist? Male, female, non-specific? Difficulty: Do they need to be talented to sing it? Lots of notes per second, big range, hard techniques, etc, or is it simple to be sung.Text: TEXT TEXT TEXT. Should the music be based on what the text is about? OR should you make a melody and impose text on it. Which way will influence how your melody goes.

    Accompaniment: Vocal melodies can sound good, but usually you're listening to it accompanied, so understanding harmony and other instruments, as well as styles of accompaniment are also useful. 

    Style: Is it going to sound like music from the Baroque era? Then consider a da capo aria form, ABA with ossaias or melodies that can be easily improvised upon. 

    Is it a jazzy piece? Then also consider that it will be improvised upon, but you would probably include more syncopation, as well as extended chord notes in the melody, etc.

    Is it more like pop song? Don't overcomplicate the harmony/polyphony, observe what works in other pop songs and try to incorporate that style (WITHOUT plagarising the melody or words). Changing one note does not mean you've made an original work. 



    there are many more considerations then what I've listed, and it's overwhelming if you want a good understanding of what works and why, without knowing anything prior, SO:Study theory, take music lessons privately on an instrument (presumably voice and piano), and take classes on composition and theory. Also choir would be helpful. 

    All of these things are tools to help guide you in making music that society would deem enjoyable/'good'. In a way it can be overwhelming and bog you down with so many rules. They are not set in stone, they are general guidelines. Ultimately you are the creative mind of the present, and all the tools are at your disposal to do with as you see fit. 

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