Join Julian Velard for an in-depth discussion in this video Transposing a song for feel change or different voice ranges, part of Music Theory for Songwriters: Harmony.
- What if you've written a song in a particular key?…Maybe using the same key as many…of our examples in this course: C major.…However, when you sing the melody,…you find it's uncomfortable and…pushes the limits of your range.…Here is an excellent opportunity…to transpose your song into a different key.…What does that mean, to "transpose?"…Transposition means moving notes…up or down in pitch by a constant interval.…For example, let's say the song you've written…has a chord progression that goes something like this.…
(Man at Piano plays it)…That is clearly in the C major scale.…It's C major (Man at Piano plays it)…to F to G.…Or, I to IV to V. (Man at Piano plays it)…If you transpose that chord progression…to the key of G, up a perfect fifth,…it would sound like this.…(Man at Piano plays it)…That's G (Man at Piano plays it)…C, D.…
The progression I just played is also a I-IV-V.…But in the key of G.…And this demonstrates why it is so useful…to use Roman numerals to indicate chords.…If you know the chords as Roman numerals,…
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