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How to find Chords for any Melody

Ableton Melody Music Theory Tips 'n Tricks Writing Music

 

Sometimes you simply have a melody on your mind and your trying to figure out what chords to play along with it. Now this tutorial offers a simple approach taken from our MELODY Course, showing you how to do that:


Finding chords for your melody, steps to follow:

  1. Try to transpose the melody to a scale you know well.
  2. Try to find your bass notes first.
  3. Start with the root note (of the scale).
  4. Many progressions start or end with the root note (tonic).
  5. After finding a fitting bass progression, build chords on it.
  6. A basic chord is built from the 1st, 3rd and 5th scale degree.


 

Check out our new melody course:

We are offering a great MIDI Pack with predesigned melodies and chord progressions to chose from as inspiration. Also, if you want to dive deeper into writing chords, feel free to take a look at our course: Harmony & Chord Progressions.



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