Medford, Oregon (PRWEB) April 20, 2006
For those musicians who have wondered how one can know which chords go with which melody notes in a song, a new course from http://www.PlayPiano.com reveals how it is done.
The course consists of two audio CD's and one DVD video, plus a chart titled "Keyboard Harmonizing: How To Match Left Hand Chords To Right Hand Melody Notes", plus a chord chart that shows all the notes of the most-used chords, plus a song sheet so that the student can practice on some familiar songs -- the entire "matching-chords-to-notes" formula, usable on any song in any key.
On the CD's and DVD author-teacher Duane Shinn "thinks outloud" and demonstrates how to do it on several different songs. By the time the course is over, the student will understand how to do it themselves and apply it to any song in any style.
The contents of the course demonstrate that chord-to-melody-matching is really a simple process once understood, and it has to do with knowing just 2 facts:
Fact 1: There are 3 basic chords that will harmonize any note, and that note is a member of all 3 chords. For example, in the key of C there are 3 basic chords (in music theory they are known as "primary chords") that are organic to that key because they are the only 3 chords that occur as major chords without having to add any accidentals. Those chords are the C chord, the F chord, and the G chord -- also known in music theory as the I chord, the IV chord, and the V chord (Roman numerals are used in classical music notation). So if a person plays any note of the C scale -- C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C -- they can harmonize that note with one of the 3 primary chords -- either C, F, or G -- because all of the notes in the C scale are members of one or more of those 3 chords.
Fact 2: These 3 chords rotate as the melody moves through the song, so the musician would pick the chord that has that melody note in it. For example, let's say the musician in question is trying to pick out "Silent Night" by ear, and they start on G. By simply asking himself/herself "Which of the 3 primary chords -- C, F, or G -- has the G note in it?" The answer is both the C chord and the G chord. So they try one, and if it doesn't sound quite right, they try the other. Before long you they will be sensing which chord is the better choice. Like in any subject, there is a learning curve, but it's not a steep learning curve -- especially when a person enjoys what she or he is doing.
Then once the primary chords are mastered, the scope can be widened to include "cousin chords" (known in music theory as "secondary chords") then later on you "neighbor chords" and "color chords" and all kinds of other exciting variations, and then the sky is the limit in terms of improvising and making up unique musical sounds.
Other helpful information regarding this DVD & CD course can be found at: http://www.playpiano.com/music-home-study-courses/match-chords-to-melody.htm
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