Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video Harmonize a melody as an 11th, part of Songwriting Techniques with Chords.
- [Instructor] Now let's take a look at what it sounds like…when you harmonize your melody…as if it's the 11th of the a chord.…There are only two types of 11th chords,…and they are both present in the major scale:…The minor 11th, and the major 11th.…The minor 11th chords we see most often in the major scale…occur on the second and sixth degree of the scale.…If we use C major as an example,…and stack up thirds from the D and the A,…which are the second and sixth degrees of the scale,…we get D minor 11 and A minor 11, respectively.…Here's D minor 11.…(piano music)…And here is A minor 11.…
(piano music)…Pretty beautiful, right?…There is only one major 11th chord in the major scale,…and it occurs on the fourth degree.…In C major, that chord is F major 11.…The fact that the major 11 chord…occurs only once in the major scale…is significant when it comes to harmonizing a melody.…We'll take a look at this significance in a little bit.…Let me show you how this sounds.…(piano music)…Gorgeous.…
The three notes in the C major scale…
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