I wonder if you can please help me. I'm able to think of a melody, but have difficulty in applying the necessary chords to the melody. Is there a particular method in applying chords to a melody? Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Chris.
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cheesesandwitchs wrote:you should check out some of andrews vid's he's got some info on that which could be helpfull like on lead notes and chord progressions ect
Yeah, you can check out his lessons on these things
Also a couple of tips:
First decide what Key your should start in! This will help you a lot! Then read about the meaning of 3ds, 5ths 7th ect! Then you got a little more foundation on some keynotes in a scales/key! Im note the best at leading the melody with the left hand, but explored this quite a lot in my Nocturne in F# minor, and felt I managed to get quite good at it But to worry about that isnt a big deal in the beginning! But tension is important!
This means in very basic steps that the harmony shouldnt fit 100% with the melody so that when you hit that chord or whatever that is 100% fit with the melody, you will get this great release-feeling!
But lets say you have this melody in C major, ill ad some chords that fit good
And you might see a general Principe
|: C D E E | C D E E | E_E F E_E | D E D C | C D C B | C D C B | C_______
|: G____ | G______| G_______ | G_____ | G_____ |G_____ |G _______
|: C____ | C______| E_______ | C_____ | B_____ | B_____ |C_______
This is just something I wrote here, but it wouldnt sound bad, and its based on basic rules!
The C-G interval is nice and clean and fits 100% with the C-D-E-E melody in the beginning,
then we got the E-G interval in the 3d bar that fits nicely with the E_E - F - E_E, creating a ity tiny tension thing, before you keep a little tension in bar 4 and adding a closing tension in the 5th bar and 6th bar, before you release everything in the final and closing bar But still all the intervals(when only 2 notes are played together as here in the bass clef- it has to be 3notes or more to be called a chord) are within the C-Scales system and not creating anything extraordinary, but still it would probably sound nice as a very beginner piece for small kids Try it out hehe
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