-introduction to chord building - triads - treble and bass clef
-major and minor chords within 4 bar chord progressions
-chord names and guitar fretboard names
-Boomwhacker colored notes, if needed,
-note named chords
-chord-based melody writing
-last example, sample of film score-type chord progression - exciting
These 4 sample chord progressions are perfect for introducing students to the important world of chords and chord progression. They are examples of the most common chord progressions or patterns. Demonstrate them on any keyboard, or on GarageBand for iOS Smart Instruments - autoplay feature.
Students can use these progressions to write and perform melodies based on the notes of each chord, adding passing and auxiliary notes, if desired. See my other available resources on chord based melody writing for further assistance.
These sample progressions could be used with any instrument for melody writing, e.g., voice, recorder, boomwhackers, band instruments, guitar, and keyboards (electronic/virtual).
This could lead into inquiry of songs they know personally revealing the complexity or simplicity of other samples of chord progressions. Find out which progressions are the students’ favorite?
Students could perform their choice of melody into GarageBand for iOS with the main melody on one track, a chord accompaniment on a second track (Smart Strings, for example), and a drum pattern on a third track.
Have a look at the free Jamn Player (http://getjamn.com/) for ideas of how this app can help students (and teachers) analyze the chords of recorded music on their devices. It ’listens’ to a recorded song, analyze it for its key and chords, and reveals the entire piece with classic notation or chord symbols for guitar, bass, ukulele or piano. Let the inquiry begin! Lots of fun!