How understanding the power of leading tones will help you craft better melodies

by GuitarDomain

Both improvising and composing are states of mind, separate but with the shared goal of creating melodies. But creating melodies is a great mystery! There is no formula for it, just as there is no formula for writing a novel. 

There are, however, a few tools, or devices, that we can use to make it possible to find melodic angles to the lines we construct, and one particularly useful one is the use of what is called a leading tone, also known as an approach note, which is a note one half step below the target note, which is typically the root of the chord. 

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