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Lesson 121: Composition - The Melody over a Bass Note Technique

Start with the Melody

First you have to come up with a strong melody.

Add the Bass Notes

When you have the melody, add the bass notes.

Last, Add Chords

When you have the melody and the bass notes, add chords. Try not to settle for the most conventional, obvious choices, but try to go for more interesting sounds.

Example: My Composition Fall, Break

First, I came up with this melody:

Next, I decided that I wanted the following bass notes:

Last, I filled in chords and then I got this very interesting result. The melody is completely diatonic to C major/ A minor, but the chords are a little bit "out":

You can listen to it here.

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