This week I’ve been set the assignment of composing chords and a matching melody. For those who have never composed before but are interested in dabbling in it, I’ll share a few tips.
The most important point is to keep things simple. Simple melodies are by definition easier to put together and when done nicely can stand out just as much as complex musical patterns. Many of the most memorable and distinguishable melodies in modern music have been simple riffs.
Start by choosing a key and try to sketch out a simple bass line from it. This will be the rough framework you have to move about and will determine the chords that will follow.