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How to ADD harmony notes under Melody notes

I should have already beat you up enough about learning how to build your chords. Until now – I have shown you how to add an accompaniment chord rhythm to someone else playing melody – NOW let’s add these same chords UNDER the melody line.

GENERAL RULES (to start):

  1. Never play a harmony note above the melody line except:
    1. if adding a rhythmic chord pattern or
    2. the end of a phrase or section
  2. ADD at least the ONE note that defines the chord for that measure or count
    1. Example – DM – at least add the F#, or C7 – at least the Bb, Gm – at least the Bb, etc.
  3. Melody line will probably always be played with your 3-4-5 fingers – allowing the 1 & 2 to grab the chord notes underneath.
  4. On note movement – look for opportunity to play 3rds or 6ths – either above or below melody (yes exception to rule #1!) – Everly Brothers, Righteous Brothers, & Bee Gees – all harmonized a 3rd or 6th above melody!

Harmony 101 – I have picked these simple lead line songs (alot of these – sent to me by Dr. Sissons) – to get you started on adding notes to your melody lines.

OPEN for Reference – Chord Positions All Keys

LINK – to Lesson – Harmony – Adding Harmony Notes

Harmony 201 – Now jump up to level 3 – and try these:

LESSON REVIEW:

Here is a quick review of the past months’ lessons – so you can do a quick review – if you have not been following the MONTHLY LESSON LINK!

  • Lesson #1 – Sept 2014 – Introduction to Play Chords ONLY!
  • Lesson #2 – Oct. 2014 – Chords – Modulating, & Progressions
  • Lesson #3 – Nov. 2014 – Intro to Ear Training – Chord Progressions Intro
  • Lesson #4 – Dec. 2014 – Dexterity & Finger Articulation (someone else)
  • Lesson #5 – Jan. 2015 – Dexterity & Finger Articulation (mine)
  • Lesson #6 – Feb. 2015 – Counting – 6/8 (Compound Meter)
  • Lesson #7 – March 2015 – Setting Benchmarks and Goals
  • Lesson #8 – April 2015 – Writing Assignment – Basic Music Theory
  • Lesson #9 – May 2015 – “It’s All About that Bass”
  • Lesson #10 – June 2015 – Pull Dem’ Bellows
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