To add chords to a song

By | April 7, 2021


Sing or tune your melody in your electronic tuner and look at the notes. Sing or hum hum clearly and as slowly as possible. Repeat the same melody 3-4 times and pay close attention to which notes (A through G) appear at the end or beginning of your melody. Note whether these end or beginning music notes are sharp (#) or flat (b). This repetitive end or beginning musical note is probably the tonic or key that your melody is in.


If your Tonic is A strum or play the chord progression of ADEA with your melody. You will need to listen while singing and playing, to hear and feel the harmony between your voice and your chords on piano or guitar (simple slow drums are sufficient while building ‘your song’). If your Tonic is B strum or play the chord progression of EBEB with your melody. If your Tonic is C, strum or play the chord progression of GCDCG with your melody. If your Tonic is D strum or play the chord progression of GCDCG with your melody. If your Tonic is E strum or play the chord progression of BEBE with your melody. If your Tonic is F then strum or play the chord progression of CFGFC with your melody. If your Tonic is G strum or play the chord progression of CGC with your melody. If your Tonic has flats or screens, you need to adjust everything listed above (melody and progression) in the same way, and I highly recommend that you read the following ehow article if you play a guitar and need to change the tonic to a flat or sharp: http : // _4502136 _use-guitar-capo.html.


Now the hard part. What is described in step 1 and step 2 will be based on how well you play your instrument, how well you sing your notes, how well you harmonize your voice with the chords and of course how much you can! Music theory can be as complex as anything else, and the steps 1 and 2 that are explained are the basic basics to help you get started, if I like that you always have melodies dancing in your head. Do not expect to harmonize your melodies with your chords in the first sitting, practice both separately and within a few weeks you will harmonize your vocal melody with your instrument chords like a pro! These Chord Progressions will work with your Tonic and Melody 90 % of the time (approximately).

Tips and warnings

  • The goal is not to match the vocal note with the chord (ie sing E with the chord E), but to have variation in the same key / tonic.
  • If you have a tune that reminds you of a sad song or a slow love song, you may want to try playing smaller chords to match your smaller notes (your electronic tuner will not show you smaller notes, but your ear will – they are completely easily sad notes to your ear).
  • Strum or play your chords and simply hum or sing la la la to harmonize first
  • Record, record, record … If you record your attempts to harmonize and build a perfect song, you will be able to criticize yourself and build your listening skills for future songs.
  • Do not think that it is impossible. Like anything else, it only takes discipline, humility and practice.
  • This article is not meant to be complete, but just a step od the starting point. If you want to write, sing or play music with others, you have to start somewhere!
  • The chord progressions in this article may not work perfectly and in some cases may not suit the style of your music, but they will help you write basic songs and train your voice and ear to be more musical.
  • So you want to add some harmony and fullness to your melodic song or humming? Well then you have to match chords to your vocal melody. But what musical chords and why? Here is a step-by-step guide on how to add chords to your melody or melody to your chords.