Lesson 22: Harmonization, Chord Voicings and Voice-Leading
Harmonizing a Simple Melodic Idea
Take this simple but beautiful melodic idea:
Using It for Static Harmony
Try two bars of Ebmaj7+11, like this:
Two bars of F9 is very nice, too:
Using It for Chord Progressions
Try a I-VI-II-V progression in C major or in F major, like this:
A I-VI-II-V in Bb major works nicely, too. It's not as wonderful as C major or F major, though:
If you alter one of the notes, there are even more possibilities. Try the following I-VI-II-V progressions in Eb major and Ab major:
And now, tadaa!, you can go back to C, F and Bb major and get this:
Other Melodic Ideas
Here I've harmonized two other melodic ideas. Especially study the two lines where I've used voicings without the root as the lowest note.
Practicing the I-VI-II-V Progressions
Practice the above variations in different keys. Here I've transposed every single one of the above variations to C Major.
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