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††††† Below is a screen shot of† the melodist function of BiAB and you can click it for a close up view. As you can see, the left of the screen gives you options of certain styles with either 8 or 16 note and straight or swung rhythms.. You can chose to keep the same style the song is in or load another style altogether. You can also have it generate chords if you provide the melody and it will do the whole song or just part based on either what you highlight in the main window or select in the melodist function. It will load a song style with the melody style youíve chosen or you can chose to keep the style you have. In my case, I let it autoload the style because the only thing Iím interested in is the melody.
























†††† I prefer to give myself plenty of options so generally what I do is to pick a couple of melody styles that sound good with the song style Iím using and sort of pick and choose parts of each melody that I like. Itís sort of like comping together a final vocal part from several other takes Then I† will, when necessary take a section and move it up an octave to create some chromatic movement. Also, sometimes a section will seem a little flat and I will change a note or two to get things interesting.


†††† For Swamp Thing, one of the melodies was pretty decent for the verse but kind of boring for the chorus. I took a part from the later part of the verse and moved it closer to the beginning. The 1st verse and second verse arenít exactly the same because I want the second verse to lead into the chorus with a semi-chromatic run. Click here to listen


†††† The chorus utilizes changes in phrasing (a subject Iíll be writing more on later). Basically, it means instead of playing from the beginning of the measure, the melody hesitates a bit and comes in somewhere around the 2nd beat. It also incorporates holding notes over the end of the measure to connect the dots so to speak. Click here to listen to the chorus and here to listen to the 1st 2 verses and the first chorus. Iíll be working on the bridge and solo for next monthís article

††††† Swamp Thing is swinging right along but it doesnít have any direction. Thatís what melody provides. Iíd already decided that I would have a trumpet play the melody so it would be more New Orleans-ish.


††††† Band in A Box has a melodist feature that creates melodies based on the† chord progression and song structure but sometimes it needs a little help.