How to create an original Vocal Topline

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How to create an original Vocal Topline

A Comprehensive Guide for Music Producers and Singers

Creating a vocal topline on a song is an important step in the music production process. A vocal topline refers to the main melody that is sung over the instrumental track of a song. This melody is often the most memorable part of the song and can make or break its success. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to create a vocal topline based on my experience :

  1. Start with a concept: Before you start writing lyrics or melody, it is important to have a clear concept or idea for the song. Consider the mood, emotion, and message you want to convey.
  2. Determine the key of the instrumental track. This will help you find the right range for your vocal melody and make sure it fits well with the instrumentation.
  3. Hum a melody: Start humming a melody over the instrumental track. Don’t worry about making it perfect, just hum a few different ideas until you find one that fits well with the instrumental and lyrics.
  4. Refine the melody: Once you have a rough melody, start refining it. Try different variations and see what sounds best. Make sure the melody is catchy and memorable.
  5. Write the lyrics to the melody: Once you have a solid melody, start writing the lyrics to fit the melody. Make sure the words and melody complement each other and flow well.
  6. Record a demo: Record a demo of the vocal topline to make sure it works with the instrumental track. This is also a good opportunity to make any necessary changes to the melody or lyrics.
  7. Finalize and record: Once you are satisfied with the demo, it’s time to finalize and record the vocal topline. Record a final version with high-quality equipment to ensure a polished and professional result.

Creating a vocal topline can be a challenging process, but by following these steps, you can create a memorable and impactful melody that complements your song and conveys the message you want to share with your audience/client.

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