Asked by: Alicia Moore
How do I find the right chords for a melody?
Finding chords for your melody, steps to follow:
- Try to transpose the melody to a scale you know well.
- Try to find your bass notes first.
- Start with the root note (of the scale).
- Many progressions start or end with the root note (tonic).
- 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.