How would you harmonize the melody below?:
It can most certainly be done it a multitude of ways, but for today’s tip, let’s talk about using 4-way close harmonization. That would look like as such for the chord tones:
However, we have one note left out. The non-chord tone in a passing motion.
Because this non-chord tone is approaching the next note (which is a chord tone) by a half-step, we can consider using a chromatic approach technique to the harmonization.
Simply, have the entire harmonization be an approach by half-step to the landing chord tones. It would look like as such:
Sure, this may go against some principles of avoiding parallel harmony, but…
- It sounds good.
- You are the composer; so do what YOU want
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