Thursday, 14 August 2014

Ticket 50: Keep Your Melody Off The Root Note

This can give a restless, unsettled quality to your song.

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Keep Yourself Alive - verse (Queen)

See also

Ticket 6: Stay Off The Root Chord
Ticket 13: Make The Vocals Stay On Non-Chord Tones
Ticket 22: Bluesify Your Melody
Ticket 27: Place Your Main Lyric On The Highest Point Of The Melody
Ticket 39: Don't Start The Melody On The First Beat

See the full list of songwriting tips here - Tickets To Write


  1. Does this als apply to vocals as well?

  2. How can you tell if you're actually singing on a root note or not?

  3. The root note would be the key of the scale correct, and not the root note of any chord?