Chord-based Melody Builder
• introduction to chord-based melody writing - melody notes belong to the associated chord
• students can mix the chord-based melody snippets (one bar each) to produce a four or eight bar melody
• introduction to simple chord progressions, e.g., chord I, IV, V, I
• inspires questions like,
★ Why do our melodies all sound alike? (chord-based notes only, and we are all using the same melody snippets - variety needed)
★ What would help to make these melodies more interesting? (a variety of rhythms and passing notes - next lesson)
★ What is your reaction in rearranging the chord progression? Do some progressions work, or not? Do you know why?
★ What is special about the final bar of music (the last snippet)? (it has passing notes)
• play the new melodies with the accompaniment chords on a keyboard, or guitar
Resource pages includes chord cards and extra 4 and 8 bar music staves.
Using GarageBand for iOS, students can use the Smart Instruments to provide a chord accompaniment for a live performance. One student can play the chords while another plays their melody. You could even use the Jam Session feature for up to four students (devices) to play for the addition of drums, and bass (or other combinations).