Is Melody More Important than Chords?

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    I’ve been wanting to ask this for a while, and I keep forgetting, but in the world of hip-hop, R&B, EDM is melody, more important than chords?

    I know in certain genres like I love praise and worship music for church and there’s a lot of chords involved, but I noticed that and more popular music melody is kind of a hook with the drum patterns. May have this all wrong just looking for some advice be blessed.

    GratuiTous Join Platform!

    Ya music production is all about loops that repeat that are catchy.. which also work together.

    This is why beatmaking is so hard because it’s not just basic music theory.. it’s creativity.. and usually the more SIMPLE you can be, the better the beats are, because what is catchy is often simplicity of everything gelling together.

    Chords are definitely needed, and some tracks only have chords, but a lot of time that catchy melody is required for that catchiness that the listener is waiting for.

    Usually a combination of both chords and melodies allows you to really mix up your arrangement.


    That’s awesome that’s what I figured a combination of the two, but what I’m having trouble with, is how to build a cord in the piano roll and place it in the playlist, and then turn around and create the melody separately in the piano roll, and then put it in the playlist When I create one and put it in the playlist when I go to create the melody in the piano roll and try to paste it in the playlist it gets rid of the cords. Hopefully I’m making sense and I’m probably not doing it right just wanna get some advice and I’ll let you go for the evening .

    GratuiTous Join Platform!

    Remember FL Studio works off of PATTERNS.

    A pattern is just like a “group of sounds” that you can add into the playlist to start building your arrangement so you have full control of when and where it plays.

    I like to use my number pad – and + buttons to switch between patterns.

    If you open one virtual instrument, right-click piano roll, and play your chords, that becomes Pattern 1.

    You’d then go to Pattern 2, open a new virtual instrument, right-click it and go piano roll, then you can play a melody, which is now unique, and in its own pattern.

    Now in the Playlist, you can add both Pattern 1 and Pattern 2 for you to have full control of your arrangement by adding and removing the patterns!

    At this stage you want to focus on if you’re in SONG MODE or PATTERN MODE (top of FL Studio.. right by the stop, play, and record transport buttons).  You’ll most often want to be in song mode, which plays the Playlist (pattern mode only plays that one pattern if you want to focus on it for a moment).

    So think in terms Patterns, and try to only put the instruments pertaining to that pattern into 1 pattern only.

    For example, if you made a percussion loop with 3 sounds, that can be in 1 pattern.

    If you have a piano instrument, I’d say that only goes in 1 pattern so you can add/remove it at any time.

    There’s no “rules for patterns”, but just remember that the less you have in a pattern the more control you have in your song’s arrangement.


    Hey GratuiTous,

    Man, you’re a blessing. The instructions above you gave me worked right away.  I sent a short sample with drums added as well.  Not mastered yet.  Since I joined this program I have learned so much.  The only thing is I can only seem to use the same. instrument to play both the chords and the melody.  That may be normal.  I don’t know.  I would like to add guitar melody to piano chords sometimes.  Thoughts?

    GratuiTous Join Platform!

    Yes you have to open a new virtual instrument for each new melody you want.

    Some virtual instruments are different.. you can use one virtual instrument, then “switch MIDI Ports”, but I usually just like virtual instruments where you right-click on the virtual instrument, go “clone”, then select a new sound, and you’re on your way!

    So to repeat, you have to open a new virtual instrument for new sounds, then go to a new pattern, click on that virtual instrument, then you can play your new melodies, record, etc.

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