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There’s a lot of mystery surrounding what makes a great melody. While there’s no one formula, we all recognize a good hook when we hear it. In this post we dive deep into the elements of melody. You’ll learn about the major scale as well as using blue notes, or notes outside of the major scale to create melodic tension and release. Read to the end to discover strategies for crafting your own memorable melodies.