How to go from E minor harmonic to A minor harmonic?
Hi, I want to join two classical music melodies and I don't really know what to do. I'm looking for tips, any help is highly appreciated, since I'm a total rookie in composition. I want to do a simple transition, just a few notes.
Let me explain: the first melody is in the key A minor, but not the natural, the harmonic minor, which is like the natural minor except the 7th grade is sharp, so it's #G. This first melody later changes to E minor harmonic scale, and the first melody ends there.
Ok, let's go on. The first melody ends descending from a #D-E trill to an E. The new melody I want to play continuously is in the key A minor, harmonic again. It starts with an A. The problem is that if I play it just like that, it sounds weird, and I think I need to play some notes so i can change smoothly from E minor harmonic to A minor harmonic.
How can I approach this?
I sayeth thus:
haha, I'll try to put it as nicely as I can but Cotton is exactly right: not only are you overcomplicating things, you're complicating things by using wrong terminology bordering on the absurd.
Sorry, as you can all see I'm a beginner at this. I'll post the melodies later so you can give me a hand. I just want to create a bridge between melody 1 and melody 2.
Perhaps use a C to step from the E to the A?
Here it is:
In this context, your first measure isn’t actually emphasizing the D#. I wouldn’t even’t look it at as an E harmonic minor scale (even though you could), for me the D# is just a neighbor tone on a very weak beat to give emphasis to the E.
I like it the way it is too. Just a little ritard before the key change and you're good to go.
If all else fails there is always the "trucker's gear change" :)
3rd bar comes straight out of some well-known piece for flute by Bach! possibly after transposing :-) I agree with Scott, this is all in A minor and it is basically fine as is. Paul as you well know, E is the dominant note in A minor, so it is normal to have a lot of E's in an A minor piece :-)
You're fine. You're just going I-IV which is a totally normal thing. The trill and rit arguably overdramatise what is a very simple transition after not very much music - you are giving a heavy arrival on the tonic without going anywhere first. I'd suggest either extending the first section (a lot) - or weakening the end of the phrase, possibly by just omitting the crotchet E and resolving from the trill straight into A minor.
"No, the third bar does not sound like E minor. "Just a neighbor tone to accentuate A" is a leading tone.