Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video Reharmonize a melody: 7th chords, part of Songwriting Techniques with Chords.
- Now that I've shown you how you can change the feeling…of a chord progression by altering the base notes of chords,…let's take a look at how we can use dominant 7th chords…to work within the existing harmonic framework of our song.…So here is our song again, Say That You Will Stay,…with the original harmonization of one, five, four, one,…or C, G, F, C.…♫ I know you love me…♫ It's something you're afraid to say…♫ So don't say that you love me…♫ Say that you will stay…Now I want to show you what happens…if we make a simple adjustment to the five chords,…or the G chords, in bars two and six.…
We're going to take each G major chord and turn it…into a G dominant 7th chord.…This means we will add an F natural to the harmony.…Let's take a listen to what our song sounds like…when I play a G7 instead of a G.…♫ I know you love me…♫ It's something you're afraid to say…♫ So don't say that you love me…♫ Say that you will stay…Did you notice any difference?…Did you notice there was more tension when I got to the G7?…It's subtle, but it's there.…
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