It's kinda funny... Here we are, four months into the new year, and I'm facing the same problems that I'd thought I had made progress on last year.
Apparently, that isn't true.
I think about my melody-crafting skills (or lack thereof) and wonder: why do I seem to have so much trouble with writing and developing these things? (Its really more of a problem with the latter, but they're both connected)
Thematic or melodic development has always been a challenge for me - I tend to have trouble catching anything but the obvious connections in the development sections of symphonies/classical works... they just read as new melodic material to my ear. And yet, there are supposed to be connections and callbacks and what have you layered into these parts. It's quite annoying because ido can hear how those areas work in older tunes, how can I learn from them?
I'm trying to overcome this problem, but I'm flailing about. A friend summed up my original writing pretty well: interesting orchestration, but my melodic passages were like "HERE IS THE MELODY! HERE IT IS AGAIN! LISTEN - YOU CAN HEAR THE MELODY HERE!"
Blunt, but true.
Now, how to fix it?