Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video Harmonize a melody through a bass line, part of Songwriting Techniques with Chords.
- I want to take a look at one more way…to harmonize a melody, with regards to harmonic rhythm.…Let me show you how we can harmonize a melody…through a bass line.…Sometimes, we can view the bass…as an independent counter melody to the melody of a song,…and sometimes, these counter melodies…are even more memorable than the actual melodies themselves.…Great examples of bass parts to popular songs…that function as secondary melodies…are Queen's "Another One Bites The Dust",…Chic's "Good Times", and The Beatles' "Come Together".…Often when composing songs like this,…the bass line comes first,…and the melody is built around it.…
I created a new song example for you…where I built a melody around a bass line.…The song is called "What You're Feeling".…Let's take a listen to "What You're Feeling",…with just the bass line and the vocal melody, no chords.…♫ I want to know what you're feeling…♫ 'Cause I really need to know…♫ If what I feel…♫ Is real…One of the first things you may have noticed…is that the melody and the bass part…
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