Monday, October 1, 2012

Handling Long Texture Notes

What do you do when your background texture gorgeously grows in sound as the note continues -- but your chord is changing.  And the new chord clashes with the texture?   

1.  Find a  common note between the two chords.
Easy example:  F  to D.  Both  chords contain A, so use that note for the long texture.
2.  Find a  color chord that shares a note between the two chords.
Harder examples:  Em  to D.  The Em7 chord's D note gives a nice sound to a texture and rolls right into the new D chord.   Bm  to C.  The Cmaj7 chord with its top  B note is extremely useful for blending from one chord into another in any progression.  This is one perfect place to use it.
Hardest example:  C  to D.  I was using a swirl type background for a slow, somber song, beginning with a C chord.  But the next chord was a D,  and the extended C texture note in the background gave an unwelcome clash.  Since the song had a minor feel,  I pretended the C chord was its minor -- A minor -- and used an  A  for the texture.  The sound built up into the D chord with no clashing.

Sometimes studio recording programs have awkward problems that need a workaround.  (That's the basis for this blog!)  Often I comment to my computer, "I  AM going to win, so you may as well do what I want."  There's a sense of satisfaction when we figure out the workarounds. 
May you have much joy doing so especially in your world of music!
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