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CHAPTER II. The Musical Setting or Melody.
The lyrics of your song being written and revised so that their final form presents little or no room for improvement apparently, the next consideration is the melody, and, after that, the accompaniment. Of course, it often happens that the writer is equally capable of composing his own music thereto; and where this is the case, matters are naturally con­siderably simplified. The results achieved by writers who arc; the creators of both the words and the melody, are, or should be, obviously better, than where the work is split up between two parties. Nevertheless, it must not be supposed that two heads in this business are not very of ten better than one.
In recent years, many of the most successful popular songs, as far as the music was concerned, have been composed by individuals who merely possessed a natural ability for origi­nating effective melody. In very many instances, indeed, these "composers" were unable to read a note of music, or even to pick out their melodies on any instrument. Under these circumstances they simply hummed or whistled their tune to some other party who was sufficiently gifted to trans­fer same to paper. Others, again, could pick out their mel­ody, say, on a piano, and get the notes down on paper in more or less coherent form. After this, of course, much remained still to be done, the principal item being the provision and arrangement of the best possible and most effective form of accompaniment.
Writers of lyrics often, unconsciously, construct thei
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