Composer Suzannah Doyle shows how melody notes and chords are built out of the 7 notes of a scale and how you can figure out which chord goes with a melody. …

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25 thoughts on “Understanding Chords & Melodies on the Piano

  1. Tu Che says:

    i have a song with a melody and m trying to add chords to it…this video
    was helpful but i got lost at 4:17 tho 🙁

  2. jazzflutist says:

    Thanks Suzannah. So many ways to say it! We could say (also) the major
    scale is 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 (i.e. C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C). Major chords are
    constructed from the 1st, 3rd and 5th note of those 8, while minor chords
    are the 1st, flat-3, 5th. And now, I shall watch the rest of your great
    vids …

  3. SuzDoyleMusic says:

    I’m not sure I understand your question. Do you mean when someone plays
    notes OUTSIDE of the 7 in the key? (If so), that’s fairly common,
    especially when wanting to add “blue notes” (notes from the blues scale),
    or when wanting to temporarily change to a different key (e.g. in the key
    of C, suddenly playing a Bb or Eb chord — very common in 1960s rock
    music). Feel free to email me if you need more clarification. 🙂

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