Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video Reharmonize a melody: Minor chords, part of Songwriting Techniques with Chords.
- [Instructor] Let's continue reharmonizing our song,…Say That You Will Stay,…by looking at some minor chord options.…In the key of C Major, there are only three minor chords,…the two chord, the three chord, and the six chord,…or D minor, E minor, and A minor.…As long as the harmony stays in the key of C major,…these are the only options for minor chords.…And since we're trying not to change our melody,…there are only a few places in our song…where these minor chords can be used…with minimal dissonance or tension.…Okay, just as a refresher, let me play you…the original version of our song again.…
♫ 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…And now, here is one way we can harmonize the song…using minor chords.…♫ 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…In this reharmonization, I've chosen to replace…the G major chords in bar two and six with an E minor chord.…
I've also replaced the F major 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