Chord Progression Composition
5. Now let's build triads by stacking two thirds onto each note. As a result we’re getting all the basic chords of an E major scale (also known as ‘harmonized scale’):
|Chord:|||| E||| C#m7||| F#m7||| B7|||||
|Degree:|||| I||| VI m7||| II m7||| V 7|||||
To spice up things not only chords out of the original key (E major in this case) should be used, but also from its parallel neighbour (E minor). This modulation between major and minor scale degrees is known under the term ‘modal interchange’.
|Chord:|||| E||| G||| F#m7||| B7|||||
|Degree:|||| I||| bIII||| II m7||| V 7|||||
On the next page we’ll have a look at a finished chord composition. The layout used is called a ‘rhythm chart’. These charts contain no melodies but all rhythms and chords of a tune, hence its name.