Concept lesson # 2: Harmonic improvisation/Improvised accompaniment

Here is a lesson for you who find it a bit tricky to improvise second voices or melodic variations, because you don't know how to make it sound like the right chords/harmonies. If you for instance feel like you always need to write a specific second voice rather than improvise, or if you feel like you want more knowledge on how to create simple accompaniments on your fiddle by learning more about the most common chords; 
This is where we take it from the beginning. :-)

This is based on a kind of accompaniment or second voice playing often used for traditional music in Sweden today, but it is not old or traditional or "correct". It sounds nice, and is fun. And people do it. A lot. (Well... it has developed from chord "seconding" over the past hundred years or so, so it is at least fairly traditional by now.)

If you do these lessons, you will be practicing your chord accompaniment skills, improvising skills and actually - you can also use the films for composing your own "Summer Waltz". Just use the chord lines and record yourself, or write your ideas down, and voilà! After doing part 3 you'll have a brand new tune!

There is a PDF file with grip charts and note names for the chords in D major which are used in this lesson, in case you want to print it and use it to practice chords some more. Make up your own chord lines and practice by improvising the same way as we do in this lesson. 

If you want more than three chords, add the parallels as well. (See the concept lesson at Fiddle Academy on chords and their parallels for more info about this.) For instance, you can have the chords for G major and e natural minor in front of you, if playing in G. To get access to a bunch of PDFs with the chords in different keys, log in to Fiddle Academy. You can also make your own charts of course. 


 
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Part 1. Learning the method on one chord at a time.

Here are the chord notes if you want to print them and have them in front of you: Chord notes in the D major, G major and A major chords.

Part 2. Improvising with chord shifts. 

Part 3. Improvising an A and a B part, with some tips.

Part 4. Improvising melody, bass voice and treble voice.
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Coming soon: Part 5. Natural minor and harmonic minor.
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