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why don't you start with two part counterpoint and try turning this into a canon and seeing where the first melody can be repeated. There are rules to counterpoint using intervals and so on but it's still possible to create a contrapuntal sounding piece without adhering strictly to these rules.
Even so, it may be worth having a look at species counterpoint, I and II. Not difficult to learn or do a couple of exercises as long as the composer is self-critical enough to spot "errors". I no longer follow the letter or the law but it has helped in preserving the spirit of flow and polyphony should the need arise. More like "free counterpoint" where the voices relate to each other than to the cantus firmus of strict counterpoint and chromatic moves are allowable.
Yep, I agree. The basics of counterpoint don't require years of study and a rudimentary knowledge would facilitate more effective writing - plenty of stuff online to help you on your way.
I like the idea of putting your Dad's jokes to music!
Hey Lucas I sent you the book on counterpoint, it's a really sweet one and I would take Dane's advice here too. I'll try to upload some of the exercises I did back in the day to show that you can be quite free but still following the rules...
Be well and keep at it!