Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video Reharmonize a melody: Minor key, part of Songwriting Techniques with Chords.
- [Julian] Thus far, we've looked at ways…of changing the chords of a song…while keeping the melody consistent.…But sometimes a shift in a chord progression…will open up new melodic possibilities,…and perhaps the largest shift we can make in a melody,…is to alter its key, or mode.…Minor keys and modes open up…new melodic and harmonic options,…so right now I want to give you a sense…of major key versus minor key harmony,…by doing something dramatic.…I'm going to take our song, "Say That You Will Stay",…and shift it completely from a major key,…to a minor key.…This will involve changing the melody from major to minor.…
So again, let's hear the original version…of "Say That You Will Stay",…which is firmly in the key of C-major, for reference.…♫ 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'm going to shift the key,…from C-major, to C-natural minor.…This is going to involve turning every E into an E-flat,…every A into an A-flat, and every B into a B-flat.…
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