How to improve your melodies with rhythmic variations (free MIDI / samples included)

When working on melodies in your production, there are a lot of factors to keep in mind in order to achieve the best outcome.

While we might tend to focus on elements that have to do with pitch such as the scale, melodic contour, etc., a key factor that’s often overlooked is the rhythmic patterns and devices we use. In the tutorial video above, we highlight four versatile strategies for improving the rhythmic qualities of your melodies, from adding variations to note length to implementing syncopation and intelligently leaving space.

If you enjoyed the melodies we featured in the video, or want some musical ideas to easily construct your own melodies to, feel free to download this collection of stems and MIDI files I’ve put together.

Do you have any questions on any of the topics covered in the video? Was a specific section particularly helpful? Let us know in the comments below.

October 3, 2020

Julie Schatz Julie Schatz is a producer, singer-songwriter, pianist, and violinist who creates beats that merge a wide array of genres.