I'm sure this has probably been asked before, but how do you - yes, you - write your vocal melodies?
I have a band mate who writes lyrics. Then we put some chord progressions together. Then try to find a vocal melody that will work. But I've also read some people saying the vocal melody should come first (partly because if the melody has a sad bit, the lyric should be written sad to match it, and so on).
How do people approach it? I currently have a song I'm working on where the lyrics are already done, I've written the chord progression for a verse, and now trying to do the vocal melody.
My first method was just to put the guitar into Reaper, and record myself randomly singing along. Do that ten times, and see if any of the lines in any of the versions sound good. BUT...
That method feels far too random,
Probably needs natural talent/deep knowledge of harmony I just don't have, and therefore...
Normally produces boring, generic, predictable melody.
Should I be writing the melody on piano? I can't play piano, but guess I could use it to find a melody one key at a time?
Any advice really appreciated...
Telecaster American Deluxe, Cornell Romany amp, without the talent to use them properly