Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video Harmonize a melody: Minor 7th, part 2, part of Songwriting Techniques with Chords.
- [Instructor] Now I'm going to show you a couple of fun ways…we can harmonize a melody…as the minor seventh of the half-diminished,…or minor seventh flat five chord,…as well as the diminished seventh…of the diminished seventh chord.…The half-diminished chord,…or minor seventh flat five chord,…occurs only on the seventh degree of the major scale.…Oftentimes, we hear it as a substitution for the five chord.…The half-diminished chord is much more essential part…of the natural and harmonic minor scales,…where it occupies the role of the two chord.…Here it is in the relative C major to A minor.…
Take a look at the B minor seven flat five.…You see how it's now the two chord…instead of the seven chord?…Now, there's one more seventh chord I want to look at,…and that's the diminished seventh chord.…The diminished seventh chord is nowhere to be found…in the major or natural minor scale.…We do find it on the seventh degree…of the harmonic minor scale.…You can see it right here as a G diminished seventh.…And just as the half-diminished seven chord…
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