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Melodic Rhythms Study material?

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When I was first learning to sight read (notation) this was one of the first music study books I read and tried to master.




Corniest melodies ever put to paper.  Stuff that while I could play well I would never perform live.  My takeaway at that point was to be as proficient as possible reading notation.  But years later I'm wondering if there is any other literature on the subject of developing melodic rhythms. 


Years later I read https://www.amazon.com/Arranging-Techniques-Synthesists-Eric-Turkel/dp/082561130X

Which has a chapter devoted to scoring melody which is mainly focused on how to score in a way that is easy for a vocalist to sing (and some other good stuff)


As well I picked up this... https://www.amazon.com/Craft-Lyric-Writing-Sheila-Davis/dp/0898791499/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1526420506&sr=1-1&keywords=the+craft+of+lyric+writing  which for all of it's wonderful tidbits on how others wrote songs included a small section that lyricists who aren't naively musicians should always work with a drum machine to see how the lyrics will flow against a beat.



I was just thinking about learning basic rhythm patterns for guitar.  And how well they served me through the years.  How if I could get the rhythmic "flow" everything else (progression) would fall inline easier. And wondering why no one came up with a "pocket" rhythm guide of common phrasing without reference to key or progression.  After all it's not what you say it's how you say it.


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I think melodic rhythm is one of my deficiencies it's something I have to work on.

It takes me ages to get it to feel right, then the next day it may well seem wrong again.

So it's got to be a technical issue of this works that doesn't. I'm tempted to go see what Berkley Press has on it.





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