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Adding Harmony To Melody On The Piano

Open up a new world of possibilities with your playing

Lisa Witt - May 3, 2019

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Learning to harmonize your melodies will open up a whole new world of texture and color to your songs. Harmonizing will not only make you sound like a pro, but it will also help you to gain a deeper understanding of chord structures and how they work. When you harmonize you are improvising, utilizing music theory, and training your ear!

 

Finding the right notes

 

To add harmony you need to be able to know what other tones will compliment the notes you are already playing. This can be complex but it doesn’t have to be! In this lesson, I show you exactly how to find the harmony notes using chord names as your guide!

 

The four most important points

 

In the lesson, I use “House Of The Rising Sun” as an example but you will be able to apply these concepts to anything you play from covers to original compositions. Here are the most important points from the lesson:

 

1. Harmonies can be selected from the notes of the chord you are playing. Using a chord chart or lead sheet makes this easy!

 

2. The highest tone played is the one that is most noticed by the listener so build your harmonies BELOW the melody line.

 

3. What this really comes down to is chord inversions. If you can learn how to build a chord below your melody note, you will be able to harmonize very quickly.

 

4. You don’t need to harmonize every note! Less is often more.

 

Once you see how this all works (watch the lesson!) you will be amazed by the simplicity of it all.

 

Have fun!

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Hi, I'm Lisa Witt

Lisa has taught in a variety of settings from beginners just getting started to recording artists preparing their songs for the road. While her background is classical, she loves helping students play the music they love by ear and is excited to be a part of YOUR journey.