How to find which musical chord will fit where in the Song? Or, is there any musical chord fitting rule for selecting the right chord for any part of the melody or song?
Answer is yes. You might have seen a number of people asking the chord progressions for their favourite songs on various music related forums. And for a musician, after some experimentations it is not difficult to find out which chord fits where into the song. But again, why only that chord is fitting to that part of the song and not the other one?? Is there any rule for chord fitting??
Here it takes some research.. Don’t worry, I am going to keep it simple.
– Usually the right chord is the one which includes the note played on the main beat in that part of the melody..
So, for people who follow Hindustani notations.. The right chord is the one which usually is represented by the note played on ‘sum‘ (as in ‘Khali’ and ‘Sum‘).
So for example if you are playing the DDLJ song Tuje dekha to yeh jana sanam..
For simplicity here we will consider just a part of the song.
The Song contains Sa; Re; Ga. (Komal); Ma; Pa; Dha. (Komal); Ni. (Komal)
And following chords,
1) Cmin :Sa Ga.Pa 2) B flat Major : Ni.Re Ma 3) B flat Minor : Ni.RePa
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Balancing the duality
Music is dual in nature and needs a complementary character especially in rhythm. If there is a Main beat (Sum) there is one secondary main beat (Khali) to complement. If there is a dominant chord or vaadi swar there is a subdominant chord and a samvadi swar. If there is bass sound there is treble to complement. If there is a sharper note there is a flatter note too.
And just like any other art-form of dual nature, for example photography, where one looks for a balance of light and dark shades, color balance, it is nothing but a matter of striking a right balance a right mix of those two aspects. Music is in finding the right balance of notes, tones, aaroha (ascent) and avaroha (descent) or bass and treble – just like one finds a middle path – a balance from two extremes in life. Life is balance, Music is Balance.
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