APPLYING THE BALLAD STYLE TO MELODIES

Today we’ll be learning how to apply the ballad style to melodies with three simple steps.


STEP 1: The Left Hand


An exceptionally simple LEFT HAND song style…


In ballad style there is for the most part greater movement in the left hand so that a 'full' sound can be made as a backup to the right hand melody. This left hand sound encompasses of chord notes.


Attempt this example dependent on the chord of G :


Play the low G first - then, at that point the D – next, the higher G – and lastly the D- REPEAT


Next transpose the sequence into the first four chords of Auld Lang Sang



Keep in mind that in ALL chords (with the exception of the 'B' group of chords) the ROOT and 5th have the SAME colored keys which makes this incredibly simple to play


STEP 2: Add the Right Hand MELODY line


STEP 3: Add some Right Hand CHORD NOTES beneath the MELODY line


What you just played sounds great, however the general sound is somewhat 'THIN'. This time check whether you can add a few RIGHT hand chord notes BENEATH the MELODY at the areas where the chords change.


Add them UNDER the melody on the grounds that our ears consistently choose the TOP note of a chord more than the rest of the notes.


Got it now? Now practice it with the entire tune and master it!

(First play the tune with single melody notes in the right hand)


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