34: Melody: Chord Tones
Lesson 34: Melody: Chord TonesThis lesson introduces the art of creating melodies. Before you take this lesson, you should know:
To learn about creating your own melodies, we start by studying melodies in existing songs; this is called melodic analysis. Melodic analysis is a big subject, exploring the many different aspects of melodies, for example (these are covered in separate lessons):
For this lesson, let's start analyzing how individual notes in a melody relate to the song's chord progression and to each other. We can divide a melody's notes into:
Anchor notes. These are the "strong" notes in a melody which sound good "on their own" with the chord that's playing at that moment, generally because they are chord tones. A chord tone is just a tone which can be found in the chord itself. For example:
When you understand chord tones, go on to Major Pentatonics, which you'll need for embellishing tones.