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Putting Chords to an Existing Melody What you should get from this section: After completing this section, you should be able to take an existing melody and put chords, and a bass line to it to create a strong structure.
There are several things you can do to help you put a chord progression to an existing melody that will make your life a lot easier. Here are a few of them: How do you do this?
Well, first of all, play the melody. Are there lots of sharps or flats in there? Do they match any particular key? It could be in the relative minor key. Every Major key has a relative minor key, which contains the same notes, and the same chords as the Major; it simply starts on a different note.
For example, in the Key of C Major, the relative minor is Am. The way to find the relative minor key from each Major key is to simply count up 6 notes from the root. For example in C Major: Try putting a simple bass line to the melody. As bass lines are fairly easy to write, you should have no problem with this.
See if it fits. Try putting a standard chord progression to the melody. Strip the melody down to its bare essentials. Do you think a C chord might work here?
The notes are an E and a D. The next bar contains a C and an A so Am could work again here, but I have a hunch that we should go back to C. Ok that works well. Where did my hunch come from? Next bar only contains the note G.
Do you think that worked? If we play the second half of the song using exactly the same chords, it works fine. The only difference is the last two bars where we need to finish up with two bars of C Major, instead of two bars of G Major. So this is what it looks like with the chords added: So what guidelines did this melody follow??
We ascertained the key as C Major. All the notes were in the key, which made it easy. No accidental sharps or flats.A song for the Jewish sabbath! Shabbat is the Hebrew word for Sabbath, and Shalom means peace. Shabbat Shalom is a common greeting on Friday evening . The Write Road offers a range of writing and communications workshops, all of which can be tailored to meet the needs of specific groups.
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What you should get from this section: After this section you should have a basic understanding of the key elements of a song structure, and how to create a song structure using the basic elements.
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