Reharmonisation Arranging Task

Today we will spend some time exploring how to reharmonise using diatonic harmony. The document below includes three short melodic phrases for you to use to create different harmonic accompaniments:

Below is the sheet we previously referred to that includes all the diatonic chord choices for C major and A minor:

Needless to say this is just a starting point, you may well wish to explore the use of extended chords (7ths). If so please click HERE for a link to a detailed blog post explaining what these are…Once you get the idea of using 7th chords, extending to 9ths, 11ths, 13ths etc is a fairly easy step – go ahead the jazzheads..

Another type of chord not mentioned but commonly used is the sus (short for suspended) chord. There is a good explanation of them HERE. Here is the master, demonstrating how to use the sus chord to stunning effect in the beautiful “Maiden Voyage”