Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video Building different harmonies from a single melody, part of Music Theory for Songwriters: Harmony.
- There are many ways to write a song.…Sometimes you might come up with a chord progression…and write a melody to it.…Other times you might have a melody idea, or a bass line,…and need to write the harmony to support it.…Or you might even have a lyric written…that you just start singing.…There is no one set method.…In this course, we focused on…understanding the chords and harmony…that create the structure for a song…and provide the foundation for melodies.…However, understanding is not enough.…Music theory isn't useful to us as songwriters…unless we can find ways to integrate it into our songs.…
So let's look at all the aspects of music theory…I've shown you up to this point…to build chord progressions based on a melody.…While most melodies clearly outline a scale or mode…when we examine them horizontally across time.…If we look at them vertically,…we are able to experiment with different chords…beneath them at certain points.…This allows us to pull the harmony of a song…in and out of a key…while the melody stays rooted in a scale…
In this installment, musician Julian Velard digs into more intermediate-level music theory topics. Starting with minor scales, he shows examples of classic songs in minor keys, and then explores the modes of the diatonic scale (e.g., the mixolydian mode). Next, Julian dives into chords with 4 or more notes, covering 7th chords, chord extensions (e.g., 9ths, 11ths, and 13ths), suspended chords, diminished chords, augmented chords, and inversions. Finally, he covers key centers, modulations, pedal points, alternate bass notes, and polychords. At the end of each chapter, Julian explains the techniques shown within the context of his own original songs.
- Working in minor scales
- Using Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, and Mixolydian modes to write songs
- Extending chords
- Using 7th chords in a song
- Transposing a song
- Building different harmonies from a single melody