You can know which chords go with each melody note!
I used to wonder...but no more!
Dear Piano-playing friend:
I used to wonder how in the world good piano players knew which chords to use in a song -- when there was no music in front of them. They would play song after song effortlessly without ever looking at a piece of sheet music.
I remember a man in Hollywood named Dave who was known as "THE piano teacher". Big names -- recording artists -- took lessons from him. Students and others sitting around the room in his studio on Cahuenga Blvd. (between Sunset Blvd. and Hollywood Blvd.) would call out songs and Dave would play them one after another. If he didn't know the song, he would ask them to sing or hum a few bars. Before long he was playing the song with both hands -- not just the tune, but harmonizing each melody note with a beautiful chord. I loved it, but I had no idea how he did it.
The 4 Secrets of Harmonization Dave Taught Me
- Which 3 chords will harmonize most any simple melody...and why
- How the theme of a song reveals about 3/4 of the chords you can use to harmonize it...so once you harmonize the theme, you're almost home free...
- How the shape of the melody often "gives away" what chord you should use to harmonize it...
- How a simple question you ask yourself will open up a world of exciting chord harmonizing...
I was so impressed by his ability to do this that I pumped up my courage and asked him if he would give me private lessons. He said he would, but his prices were out of my league at the time (I was in college). But a few months later during the summer I saved up enough to take 6 weeks of lessons.
By the time those 6 weeks were up, I was able to do pretty much the same as Dave -- not quite, but close. And I was thrilled! What I learned that summer -- even though it cost me a great deal -- has been worth a fortune to me -- not only in money, but in terms of satisfaction and just the sheer joy of being able to harmonize any song with a series of appropriate and beautiful chords!
The benefits are HUGE!
Just think what it will mean for you once you are able to harmonize any song -- any tune. For the rest of your life you won't have to wonder what chords go with which notes. If you play professionally, it will be of great value in your career. If you play with a group at church, you won't have to wonder what chords the other musicians are playing -- there is an intrinsic logic to the process. And if you play for your own enjoyment, you'll just flat-out get more pleasure out of your playing!