Make your own free website on Tripod.com

Jam School!

Put Chords to a Song

Home on the Range

nwpicon.gif (1064 bytes)Examples on this page require Noteworthy Player version 1.55 or later.  Click on the icon to download your free copy. Click here for further information and troubleshooting .

Home On The Range is a very good song for study because it can be harmonized simply at first, and then have its chord structure spruced up. First, let's deal with the simple I-IV-V harmonization.

a.  Play the example, and chord along on a guitar, autoharp or keyboard instrument

b.  Use Noteworthy Composer to insert the chords in the file. (You must have a registered copy of the program in order to do this)

nwcicon.gif (1063 bytes)This example requires a registered ($39.95) copy of Noteworthy Composer. Click on the icon to download your copy. Click here for further information and troubleshooting .

Once you've successfully dealt with this exercise, try chording some other simple songs. More examples will be online soon. Also coming, will be a fancier version of Home on the Range with some extra chord changes.

 

Fancier Chord Changes to Home on the Range

nwpicon.gif (1064 bytes)This example requires Noteworthy Player version 1.55 or later.  Click on the icon to download your free copy. Click here for further information and troubleshooting .

In a song like Home on the Range, where each chord change lasts an average of two measures, we can often add in more colorful chords to make the song flow more strongly from chord change to chord change. Having the chords change every measure instead of every two measures makes the song sound smoother and deeper than it did with just the basic I-IV-V.

Here's an example of how a song's chord changes can be dressed up for maximum effect. I'll give you a blow-by-blow of what's happening, but you may not understand it all for a while. That's okay. It's only meant to demonstrate some of the possibilities that are available. I suggest printing out this page so that you can see the comments as you listen to the song.

Download the fancier version of Home On The Range in either the block chord version or the rhythmic version for Noteworthy Composer/Noteworthy Player. If you have trouble with those, here is a MIDI file of the spruced-up version. Listen, watch, read the comments below, and compare it with the MIDI of the I-IV-V version used in the exercise above.

Here is the blow-by-blow of how the chord changes work:

 

Back to "Select Chords"    Back to Starting Points

Back to Jam School       Home       Email me