Writing a Composition--Major and Minor Melodies
I'm supposed to write 2 eight measure melody..one in minor and the other in major...and i don't know how to do that! i need help....must include a harmonic analysis...primary chords as well...i never understood what the heck they are...if you can help me that will be great..thanks so much.
You can start with either the chords or the melody. If you start with the melody, choose a major scale--the key of "G" would be simple.
Try to write a nice melody that ends on "C" in the 4th measure and has the notes D,F#, or A and C in the 7th measure. The last note can be G in the 8th measure.
Then start the 1st measure with the G major chord and in subsequent measure, choose from the chords
Am Bm C Em and D7, whichever sound good with your melody notes. Be sure that the 7th measure uses D7 and the 8th measure uses the G chord.
Alternately, you can make 8 blank measures and fill in the chords first. Make the first measure a G chord, choose Am, Bm, Em in any combination for the 2nd and third measures, use C for the 4th.
Then for the 5th and 6th, choose from Am, Bm and Em. Use D7 for the seventh measure and then G for the eighth measure.
Then go back and write a melody which sounds good with the chords you have written, Use only notes in the G major scale.
For the minor melody, try writing a chord progression with just Am Dm and E7. Then use the A harmonic minor scale (A B C D E F G# A) for the melody, being sure to use the G# only when you use the E7 chord.
For in formation about chord progression analysis, please see:
Major Chord Progressions and Minor Chord Progressions
Hope this helps. Please let me know.
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