Chord Theory for Great Melody Writing

by Severin Browne

Learn to use chords that add new layers to your melodies. Do you feel stuck in the I-IV-V world? Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to use chords that allow your melodies to soar to new heights? After investigating the diatonic chords in a key, we will discuss when and how to use non-diatonic chords and other tricks to pump up emotional impact. We’ll also discuss how the melodies and chords work together in songs that you bring to class.