I know what we are doing in music at the moment starts a bit pointless, but it will be useful in the long run – trust me! I thought I would put some notes on this page, to help with revision etc.

MELODY is the technical word for tune. That’s literally all it means.

HARMONY is the technical word for the other parts that go with the tune. So if you were on the piano, and were using the right hand and left hand, (assuming that the right hand was playing the tune), the left hand would be playing harmony.

So, one of our homework’s was to write a chord pattern, using chords 1,6/2,4,5

This is the scale of C major, and then you can work out what chords to use, so:

C   D   E   F   G   A   B   C

And then you can write the chords underneath.

C   D   E   F   G   A   B   C

1    2   3   4    5   6    7   8

So, we can work out that chord 1 is C, chord 6 is A/chord 2 is D chord 4 is F and chord 5 is G.

Every chord is made up of notes 1,3 and 5 of it’s scale.  So, we can also work out that chord 1 (C) is made up of the notes C, E, and G.

# = sharp sign          b = flat sign

Chord 6, we know is A, so we write the scale of A to work it out.

A    B   #C    D    E   #F   #G    A  

1    2      3     4    5      6      7     8

So we know a chord of A, is A, #C, and E

OR, Chord 2, which we know is D, so we need to write the scale of D to work it out.

D    E   #F    G    A    B   #C    D

1    2      3     4    5     6     7     8

So the chord of D, is D, #F, and A.

Now we come to chord 4, which is F, so we write the scale of F:

F    G    A    bB    C    D    E    F

1     2    3     4      5     6    7    8  

So, our F chord is F, A and C.

Finally we come to chord 5, which is G, so:

G    A    B    C    D    E   #F    G

1     2     3    4    5     6     7     8

So we know our G chord is G, B, and D.

I hope this helps you understand how chords work.

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