Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video Change the harmonic rhythm, part of Songwriting Techniques with Chords.
[Instructor] Thus far, all the examples we've looked at…use a harmonic rhythm of one chord per bar.…Harmonic rhythm is the rate at which the chords change.…It's usually pretty static throughout a song,…but sometimes speeds up or slows down as the sections…of a song change.…Let's explore how we can use the harmonic rhythm…of a song to change it's feel dramatically.…I've created a new song example…specifically for this purpose.…A 16 bar tale of hard work and heartache called…"House You Call Home."…Let's take a listen to it now.…
♫ I worked hard for 15 years…♫ I gave you my blood, sweat, and tears,…♫ I ground my fingers to the bone…♫ To make this house that you call home…Right away we see the melody to the song is in G Major…because of the single F sharp in the melody.…
And I've chosen basic chords…in the key of G to harmonize it.…The one, four, and five chords of the key were…G, C, and D major chords.…There's also a six chord in there which is an E minor.…And I've thrown that in to spice it up a bit.…The harmonic rhythm of this song…
In this course, musician Julian Velard demonstrates the many ways to write songs with chords, and how altering chords can change how a song sounds. He starts by explaining how chords and harmony affect a song's feel and form. Next, he shows how to harmonize a melody with chords, and demonstrates how changing the harmonic rhythm can affect the feel and sound of a song. Julian then illustrates how to form an entire song using chords. Finally, he goes deeper and shows how to use chord extensions as melody notes to create a more complex melody.
- Harmonizing a melody
- Changing the harmonic rhythm
- Treating the melody as a chord extension
- Moving from a verse to a chorus
- Transitioning from a chorus to a bridge