Please watch above video for detailed analysis:
Today, we will further our approach with simple harmonisation of a melody.
Again, we will use two easy to remember guitar chord shapes: The minor7b5 and the diminished 7th.
But, first let’s look at a useful concept when the melody has 1 whole step to harmonise.
Above, we can see how melodically this harmonisation falls easily into place.
This in turn is also a useful tool for sequences as it can be replicated:
Another and more common voicing for the minor 7th chord [in this case Em7] is this voicing:
From this shape it is also very easy to create a cadence:
Another concept from this is to repeat the melody note in three different chord voicings.
Now, lets look at a simple chord shape that’s easy to play and to remember on the 2nd string of the guitar.
This is the minor 7 b5 shape which moves easily for melodies starting on the 2nd string: Let’s take this simple melody:
Now, we will harmonise each note with the minor7b5 shape:
Finally, we will mix all of this together by harmonising a simple D minor arpeggio.
Here is a variation ending with a D minor 11 chord:
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