Need advice for the chords for a composed melody?

Asked by: Alicia Moore

How do I find the right chords for a melody?

Finding chords for your melody, steps to follow:

  1. Try to transpose the melody to a scale you know well.
  2. Try to find your bass notes first.
  3. Start with the root note (of the scale).
  4. Many progressions start or end with the root note (tonic).
  5. After finding a fitting bass progression, build chords on it.

How do you play a melody over chords?

If i take the starting note of each of the bars i've written it's the same as the chords in each case a g f e but you could easily choose one of the other notes from the chord.

Does melody have to follow chords?

Non-chord tones will give your melody a sense of momentum and tension, while chord tones will give your melody a sense of stability and release. Of the chord tones, roots and fifths have the most stability, while thirds and sevenths strike a nice balance.

Do you write melody or chords first?

A melody-first songwriting process implies that the first step in our music composition is to compose a melody and once we have a significant of it done, we can start putting chords to it.