Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video Variations on harmonic rhythm, part of Songwriting Techniques with Chords.
- Now we're going to double it again.…Instead of having a chord happen each bar,…we're going to have two chords happen each bar.…Since the melody of the song consists…entirely of half notes, this means we will be playing…a chord for every note of the melody.…This isn't something I would normally recommend doing…as it can make the harmony feel a bit relentless,…especially at the brisk tempo of this song.…Let me play our version of House You Call Home,…with a harmonic rhythm of one chord every bar.…You heard it in the last video.…♫ I worked hard for fifteen years…♫ I gave you my blood,…♫ sweat, and tears…♫ I…Now I'm going to build upon this harmonization of the song…by creating chords beneath the melody notes that happen…on beats three and four, the second half of each bar.…
I'm going to try to smooth out the relentless chord shifting…by voice leading between harmonies.…By making the chords feel like they are moving…to and from each other, we can downplay the constant…changing of chords; therefore, making it…easier to listen to.…
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