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At 5/11/12 06:40 PM, midimachine wrote:
it sounds the best in the key of H minor cambrian mode
Na camryian mode bro
At 5/12/12 02:33 PM, jpbear wrote: Na camryian mode bro
Ok, now seriously, one good tutorial about this is here:
At 5/9/12 03:38 PM, Korriken wrote: ok maybe I failed to explain sufficiently.
how do you know which chords you can use?
maybe I've spend the last month overthinking it.. *shrug* I'm just gonna play with it. I'll figure out what works eventually.
There is rarely one correct chord progression for any melody. If your a competent musician and your playing live you can usually do it my feel. But if you working from score or in a daw then you can come up with a progression based upon analysis of the notes that make up the melody.
First, know what key your melody is in then choose chords from this key that fit under parts of the meody that contain notes from these chords (although passing notes don't have to belong to the chord in question). Melodies often begin with the root chord of the given key but like most things in music this doesn't hold true in all cases) and end more often than not on the root or dominant chord of the key (known as a perfect or imperfect cadence) although there are a massive variety of cadences that can be used.
I could honestly probably write an essay on the subject as i'm sure many people on this forum could. Essentially though it just comes down to building a good working knowledge of theory and an appreciation of what sounds good to you.
All you need to remember are basic chord structures, the rest is filler.
Start on the tonic, I, and then progress to IV or V. those can be reached by any of the other chords, it's up to you. To end a phrase, generally a V7 to I cadence is used. vii is a diminished leading tone chord and typically goes back to I or V. V to vi creates a "deceptive" cadence. Playing progressions backward doesn't help lead anything forward.
There are also several rules: avoid parallel fifths to keep motion going. use parallel octaves only if reinforcing an idea. and make sure your leading tones resolve; half of chord progressions is just that. listen to where the notes go and follow. the half step leading to the tonic is called the leading tone.
I - IV -V - I is the most typical, fill it in with other chords:
I - ii - iii - IV - V - vi - viidim - I
i - IIdim - III -iv - V (the g is sharped to lead into a in an a harmonic minor scale) - VI - i
Chord progression is simply moving past chapter 1 in the novel. Don't repeat the same chords over and over again. Move. Let the music move.
If it sounds good, stick with it.
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