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I need a sheet with the major scale harmonised in standard four-part harmony. I need a version with the tonic,dominant and subdominant that is playable on the piano. I know you guys think this should be easy to figure out on my own but I find that harmonising a major scale being much harder than it should be. My vocal teacher always plays it but I just cant figure it out. She has played many hymns in her days so no wonder that she knows how to do it.

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Originally Posted by AaronSF
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Harmonized Major Scale


That may help, but I don't consider this "harmonizing" the C major scale. All that this person has done is to build major and minor triads using each successive note of the C major scale as a root for the triad and using only the notes that occur in the C major scale as the third and fifth of the triad. Taking the C major scale as a "melody," this is not my idea of harmonizing a melody.

S/he might just as easily have said: Take the five-finger position with the thumb in C (3rd finger on E, fifth finger on G) and move up the scale one note at a time with the same hand position. Harmonizing? I don't think so. Moreover, the OP asked for "traditional four-part harmony."

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Originally Posted by Manne janne
I need a sheet with the major scale harmonised in standard four-part harmony. I need a version with the tonic,dominant and subdominant that is playable on the piano. I know you guys think this should be easy to figure out on my own but I find that harmonising a major scale being much harder than it should be. My vocal teacher always plays it but I just cant figure it out. She has played many hymns in her days so no wonder that she knows how to do it.


I assume you are looking at harmonizing the C scale in the soprano part ? Ascending or descending ? Or both ?

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Originally Posted by anamnesis
You might be looking for the Rule of the Octave.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_of_the_octave


The rule of the octave is a set of rules that shows how to harmonize an ascending or descending bass line. In its simplest form it is just an alternation of 5-3 and 6-3 chords with some added dissonance to improve the sequence. If the OP was looking at harmonizing the given bass that would work. If the objective is to harmonize the chant in the soprano, she will have to still figure it out. There are thousands of partimenti with variants.

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I would like sheet music with the C major scale harmonized with the melody in the soprano.
How hard should it be to find it???! I want it but internet doesnt really have it.
This is the problem: people send me to a guitar website and expects me to play a simple four-part harmony on the piano.
It doesn't work that way for me.
Even when I go to a piano forum I can't find it.
Maybe the pianists on this forum find a simple harmized major scale too difficult. I thought it would be a simple thing but not even you seem to know how to play it or maybe you know but have no sheet music.

I looked at link and it wasnt much of a help as it used the II which is obviously wrong. In a harnonization with only I-IV-V chords there can be no ii chord.
And I didnt know you should put the melody in the bass.

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Originally Posted by Manne janne
I would like sheet music with the C major scale harmonized with the melody in the soprano.
How hard should it be to find it???! I want it but internet doesnt really have it.
This is the problem: people send me to a guitar website and expects me to play a simple four-part harmony on the piano.
It doesn't work that way for me.
Even when I go to a piano forum I can't find it.
Maybe the pianists on this forum find a simple harmized major scale too difficult. I thought it would be a simple thing but not even you seem to know how to play it or maybe you know but have no sheet music.

I looked at link and it wasnt much of a help as it used the II which is obviously wrong. In a harnonization with only I-IV-V chords there can be no ii chord.
And I didnt know you should put the melody in the bass.



Hi, here is one that should work. Hope the link works as well. Try it and let me know. I am not sure why no ii chord. Most harmonization I have seen use at least IV in the bass with a 6th on top. It is much easier to harmonize that way and avoids some issues with the counterpoint rules. Stricly using only I, V and IV is possible but certain voice leading rules in the inner parts will not be strictly followed (for example repetition of the same note). This version should be ok on most key items but there are some not clean though acceptable per usual practice.

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