Musical Musings....

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I will be using this space to publish tips, hints, and facts about dulcimer playing and music.  Occasionally I may even give you one of my original compositions to play!

January 16, 2015

Creating Harmonies

I will be teaching a workshop in just a few days of playing duets with others - in preparation, I have published a whole book of duets called “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry” (can you guess what some of the tunes might be?)

Of course, in order to do that, I had to compose harmony parts for the tunes - it’s not all that hard as long as you remember a few simple “rules”:

~ know the chords and chord progression you want to use

~ consider the style of the piece (waltz? fiddle tune? hymn?)

~ repetition and contrast are good tools to use

~ rolled chords and flams are great for both harmony and accenting

~ the harmony should support the melody, not detract from it

~ music is created from sound AND silence

~ try lots of ideas before you settle on the one you’ll keep

Try this: record yourself playing the basic melody, then play your harmony idea along with the recording!