For music class, I changed the chords for A Great Big World’s Say Something.
1. How did the piece change is general?
The piece overall has a more complex and sadder tone than the original piece after I have changed the chords. Especially since the original piece only had 2 notes or 3 notes with 2 notes in different octaves for the chords, using all 3 notes of the chords made it sound more complex in general.
2. Choose two or three specific points in the piece and describe the chords you used (changed to) and how they effected the sound.
There were 2 main patterns with the chords in the piece. The first one was the chords in the second and third measurement of the piece. The chords were in the D major scale where the F and C are sharp. In order, the chords were the 6th chord, 4th chord, 1st chord and 5th chord. I changed the 6th chord into GBD where I brought kept the B and D and lowered the other note to G. Then I changed the 4th chord into EGB and the 1st chord into FAC. I kept the 5th chord because the chord substitutions didn’t work. This made the sound more complex and sadder, as I said before since I lowered most of the notes. However, since the root note A (5th chord) is the same, it still sounded consonant.
The second main pattern was from measurement 12 to 15. The chords were the 1st chord, 3rd chord, 4th chord, 1st chord and 6th chord in order. I changed the 1st chord into BDF, 3rd chord into ACE, 4th chord into GBD, and the 6th chord into ACE. This part sounds still similar to the original piece compared the the first pattern with the chords. This is because the chord substitutions I made in this part is the same chords as the original chords with the first pattern.
3. Describe the chord substitution process and how you might find it valuable for use in the future.
I first found the chords of the original piece and put it in noteflight. Then I took the top note and brought it under the lower note and played it to see how it sounded like. If I didn’t think it fit, I put it back and put the bottom note to the top and used that chord. I think that I could use chord substitution in the future when I am playing a song or creating one and want to change the tone or feeling of it.