Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video Syncopation of harmonic rhythm, part of Songwriting Techniques with Chords.
- Thus far, we've only looked at changing a chord…when a melody note occurs.…There are are instances in songs…when a chord changes without a melody note.…And sometimes a chord will change in between melody notes.…This concept is called syncopation of harmonic rhythm.…Syncopation is when a rhythm is in someway unexpected…and serves to make part or all of a song off-beat.…It's an interruption in the regular flow of the rhythm.…Syncopation is an essential part of pop music.…The back beat, which is typically represented…by the snare drum hitting on the second…and fourth beat of the bar is a form of syncopation…that's found in virtually all of pop music.…
Syncopation can happen with harmony as well.…It sometimes refer to when a strong harmony…is placed on a weak beat.…When I use the phrase syncopation of harmonic rhythm…I'm referring to when a chord changes without the melody.…turnarounds, which are a type of chord progression…that deals with connecting sections of a song's form.…Make frequent use of harmoic syncopation.…
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