Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video Harmonize a melody as a 9th, part of Songwriting Techniques with Chords.
- [Instructor] When we start to look at harmonizing…the melody as a chord extension or color tone of a chord,…namely the ninth, eleventh, and thirteenth.…Our ability to stay in the key…becomes even more limited.…While chord extensions past the seventh…are present in the Major scale,…certain extensions imply the presence…of other scales.…Now before we jump into a song example,…let me clarify this last statement.…Let's take a look at a G7 chord…with an A in the melody.…Here's a G7 chord…and I'm going to sing an A in the melody.…
(sings and plays chord on piano)…Now when I have an A in the melody…against the G7 chord,…the A acts as the ninth of the chord…implying a G9 chord.…Let's take a look at C Major here.…(plays piano in C Major)…And we're going to build the chord…off the G which is the fifth degree.…We've got root, third, fifth, seventh,…and there's the ninth right there.…And that was the note I was singing, right?…So if we follow the A in the melody…with the G chord underneath it,…by moving to a G in the melody…with a C Major chord underneath…
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