I’m stuck in the 3rd lesson and I’m trying to write a musical period for the worksheets, everything is good about it.. until I look at the underlying harmony and I’m confused as heck! all I know is that I’m supposed to end the contrasting idea with a specific chord progression, which I did and it actually sounded good, and that I’m supposed to begin my basic idea with the I chord. But in between those two, I don’t know how to pick chords for my total musical score. I hope this question doesn’t sound too amateur but I’ve been looking at the period example and trying to figure out how the chords took place, tried to copy the harmony in my own composition but it didn’t sound very viable. I’m just confused and tangled up I just wanna write a musical period with harmony that sounds viable and I can’t :'(
Please. please please — just take a look at the musical period I tried to write and try to correct it for me here via this link:
I am looking forward thank you so much for the help I’m really thankful for this course :’)
Here is my correction of the score. I tried to keep the melody the same but changed it in a few places to fit the harmony better. For the most part, your musical period was fine. Just make sure you avoid stressing non-chord tones. Keep up the good work.
thank you so much it was a delight to hear :’) <3 but can you please point out each chord like the example in the worksheet? thanks so much <3
I think you’ve done a good job, and the techniques are coming together. Make sure you go through each of the videos in the free series because they all work together in terms of harmony, form, and melody. The dilemma of the beginner is that you need to really have a few key skills in place before things really start to click, but that takes time before they all click.
As far as the harmony for a period, think first of the separate sections that you’ll have formally – first the antecedent, with a basic idea + contrasting idea that ends in a weak cadence.
Practice using the harmony chart to create two measure chord progressions. Don’t worry about the melody yet. Just write the harmony. Once that is complete, do the same for the consequent, but end in a strong cadence.
This allows you to feel how much the harmony – both what harmonies, and the harmonic rhythm – effect the overall feel of the form.
After you’ve written your progressions, then you can go back, write the chord tone melody, and finish off the piece.