How can chords be used to compose a melody?

In this lesson, we will learn how melodies are related to chords, and analyse melodies from Pachelbel's Canon in greater depth. We will learn how to use the ground bass from Pachelbel's Canon to create a ground bass of your own. We will then explore how to structure your melodies in a Digital Audio Workstation.

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.What is a chord?

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Q2.What is a triad?

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Q3.What are the primary triads?

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Q4.What is a bassline?

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Q5.What are the primary triads in D major?

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Q6.What are the secondary triads?

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Q7.How do you create a basic bassline?

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Q8.How could you vary a bassline?

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Q9.What is a passing note?

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Q10.What would a suitable passing note be to move between C and A?

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.What is a chord?

1/10

Q2.What is a triad?

2/10

Q3.What are the primary triads?

3/10

Q4.What is a bassline?

4/10

Q5.What are the primary triads in D major?

5/10

Q6.What are the secondary triads?

6/10

Q7.How do you create a basic bassline?

7/10

Q8.How could you vary a bassline?

8/10

Q9.What is a passing note?

9/10

Q10.What would a suitable passing note be to move between C and A?

10/10

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Quiz:

How can chords be used to compose a melody?

Don’t worry if you get a question wrong! Forgetting is an important step in learning. We will recap next lesson.

Q1.What is a chord?

1/10

Q2.What is a triad?

2/10

Q3.What are the notes of a D major triad?

3/10

Q4.How do the pitches of melody 1 relate to the chords?

4/10

Q5.What are the note values of melody 1?

5/10

Q6.What is the shape of melody 2?

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Q7.Describe the melody of melody 1

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Q8.How could you vary a melody?

8/10

Q9.What is a canon?

9/10

Q10.How do you create a canon on a DAW?

10/10

This quiz includes images that don't have any alt text - please contact your teacher who should be able to help you with an audio description.

Quiz:

How can chords be used to compose a melody?

Don’t worry if you get a question wrong! Forgetting is an important step in learning. We will recap next lesson.

Q1.What is a chord?

1/10

Q2.What is a triad?

2/10

Q3.What are the notes of a D major triad?

3/10

Q4.How do the pitches of melody 1 relate to the chords?

4/10

Q5.What are the note values of melody 1?

5/10

Q6.What is the shape of melody 2?

6/10

Q7.Describe the melody of melody 1

7/10

Q8.How could you vary a melody?

8/10

Q9.What is a canon?

9/10

Q10.How do you create a canon on a DAW?

10/10

Lesson summary: How can chords be used to compose a melody?

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