Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video Harmonize the melody: Minor 7th, part 1, part of Songwriting Techniques with Chords.
- Now that we've examined how we can harmonize a melody…as a major seventh of a chord,…let's see how we can make it the minor seventh.…There are three seventh chords that make use…of the minor seventh: the dominant seventh,…(piano note plays)…the minor seventh chord,…(piano note plays)…and the half diminished chord,…or minus seventh flat five chord.…(piano note plays)…Now, let's take a look at the four note chords…that occur naturally in every major scale.…
You can see that each one of these minor seventh chords…at some point occurs naturally in the major scale.…A minus seventh chord occurs on the second,…third, and sixth degrees of the scale.…In C major, that's the D minor chord,…(piano note plays)…the E minor chord,…(piano note plays)…and the A minor chord.…(piano note plays)…The dominant seventh only occurs in one place…in the major scale, and that's on the fifth degree.…In C major, that's a G7 chord.…(piano note plays)…And a half diminished chord occurs only…on the seventh degree of the major scale.…
In C major, that's B Minor 7 Flat 5.…
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