Music Foundations Tutorial Pt 3 – Reharmonizing a Melody or A Capella w/ Max Wild

In the third installment of our ongoing Music Foundations video tutorial series, Dubspot instructor Max Wild demonstrates how to reharmonize an A capella using Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” as example. If you missed the previous tutorials in this series, check out part one and part two.

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This is the third video in my three-part tutorial of remixing techniques. In the first tutorial I explained my technique in transcribing an A cappella melody, and in the second tutorial I explain how to transcribe chords to a song. This third tutorial will focus on reharmonizing an A cappella or other melody.

To those of you unfamiliar with the term reharmonization: Reharmonization means changing the harmony (or chord sequence) to a song, by replacing the existing chord sequence with chords of your own, to give the song a different sound, and personal touch. For instance you could change a song from minor to major or vice versa by reharmonizing it. This is a very useful tool in remixing.

The first thing I do when finding a new harmonic sequence to a song is figure out all the chords available to me. In this tutorial I will be exploring all the diatonic triads available to me. Diatonic triads are triads within the key of the song, in this case G# minor. There are seven diatonic triads available to me, and they are: G#min, A#dim, Bmaj, C#min, D#min, Emaj, and F#maj. Next, I find the triads that work best with the main melody note in each measure.

In my chord sequence I am using a different triad for every measure, however, how frequently you want to change chords is up to your personal taste. When figuring out my chord sequences I try to include a mixture of major and minor triads for variety. Once I have decided on a sequence I like, I am ready to record it. I can now flesh out my remix by adding my other instruments, such as bass, pads, and arpeggios, which will all follow this sequence and give the A cappella a new harmonic feel. I hope you enjoy using this tool as much as I do!  – Max Wild


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