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Harmony 101

Sam Munro (1500) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1

Okay were in the key of C. [CDEFGABC] let's review the basic rules for choosing a chord to fit over a melody note within a major tonality (...these chords can't fail but sound happy).

Melody Note | Chord Choice

C--------------->I or IV

D---------------> V

E---------------> I

F---------------> IV

G---------------> V or I

A---------------> IV

B---------------> V

with that out the way let's look at this first example of simple chord accompaniment.
melody


A simple tool when putting chords to a melody at this stage is to first of all write a little table like this:

I=CEG

IV=FAC

V=GBD



Then go through the melody with a pencil and designate chords to the notes.

When doing this purely as a written exercise try to give each chord four note doubling only the root. Also try to have contrary motion between the Bass and Soprano lines. try as much as you can to have the voices moving to the next nearest note. To explain what I mean concider chord IV moving to chord V.

F - IV
G - V
These chords when in progression exibit contaray motion between the highest and the lowest voices and also each voice ( or note in the chord moves pretty much to the nearest note in the following chord.
Harmony 101