Since one button down would be a fifth and that's part of an arpeggio, which should blend with the note of the button above it, would it work to harmonize with a tune by playing the tune one button below where you'd normally play? Having tried playing a few tunes this way, some of the sharps and flats have to change, but that's still workable. The few tunes in the key of C that I tried didn't have to change at all. In G some notes did have to change.
Harmonizing On An English Concertina
Posted 09 December 2017 - 12:21 PM
This is in fact only valid because the button "below" one other button (F) is not a fifth but an augmented forth, AKA tritonus (three whole steps, half an octave), away (B), which is then part of a dominant seventh chord (Gmaj7), perfectly "leading" back to the tonic.
The downside would be that if the melody would end on the root note (C in the key of Cmaj), the interval formed would be (the fifth) FC. This will be heard as Fmaj, subdominant, which would of course occur within the tune but make for an open, not so comfortable and posivite ending, as such applicable here and there, but not as a regular conclusion.
Best wishes - Wolf
Edited by Wolf Molkentin, 09 December 2017 - 03:16 PM.
Posted 09 December 2017 - 06:37 PM
I suspect that if you’re like most serious western musicians in the last 600 years, you’ll think it sounds dreadful. What you’re proposing is harmonizing a tune with the same tune a fifth higher or lower. Parallel fifths haven’t been in fashion since the Middle Ages. You’d be better off using the adjacent button for harmony in 3rds, but just as a starting point. You may find some nice runs, but will need to get more creative if you want to make real music.
Posted 09 December 2017 - 09:02 PM
Darn. I was hoping this would be easy. I'm used to playing the melody, but the group already has two fiddles, so they need someone to play backup. Not being a guitar player with any familiarity of chords, my task has been 'educational'.
Posted 09 December 2017 - 09:08 PM
It’s not all that difficult, but it’s not trivial. Get yourself a decent book on music theory. It will be immensely satisfying. You can do it.
Posted 10 December 2017 - 03:30 AM
Paul Hardy's Tunebooks
chord charts and some further advice
Good luck, and feel free to ask.
Best wishes - Wolf
Edited by Wolf Molkentin, 10 December 2017 - 03:56 AM.
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