Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video Harmonize a melody as a 13th, part of Songwriting Techniques with Chords.
- [Julian Velard] Let's take a look at what it sounds like…to have your melody function as the 13th of a chord.…Again, to keep things simple,…I'm going to use the C major scale as our reference point.…The natural 13th chords that we…commonly see in the major scale…occur on the first, second, fourth,…fifth and sixth scale degree.…That's C major 13, which sounds like this.…(piano notes)…D minor 13, which sounds like this.…(piano notes)…F major 13, which sounds like this.…
(piano notes)…G13, which sounds like this.…(piano playing)…And A minor 13 which sounds like this.…(piano playing)…Now, as you may have discerned from the way those sounded,…the 13th chord is even richer than the 11th chord,…as we're moving from the possible…presence of six notes, to seven notes.…Remember, there are only eight notes in the major scale,…and that includes the octave.…So here are some more manageable voicings that,…along with the melody notes above them,…represent a natural 13th chord.…
I'll sing the melody note on la,…so you can hear the density of these chords.…
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