Intermediate Level | Lyre 201

Chords on a Lyre: How to accompany famous melodies

It's time to gain an amazing skill that will make you an all-around lyre player. Master your lyre playing on famous songs such as "The Pirates of the Caribbean" by Hans Zimmer, "Respect" by Otis Redding and "Amelie" by Yian Tiersen while learning in-depth the meaning and value of well-played chords!

This course is for intermediate lyre players and for lyres of any type with at least 7 strings.*  It is highly recommended to first complete the beginner courses 101, 102 and 103 available also by LyreAcademy.

    At the end of the course you will know how to...

    • What is a major and a minor chord.
    • What are chords' inversions.
    • How to recognise the chords on a major and minor scale.
    • How to play basic functional chord progressions.
    • How to accompany "The Pirates of the Caribbean" melody with chords.
    • How to accompany "Respect" melody with chords.
    • How to accompany "Amelie" melody with chords.

    * Do you own a lyre with more strings? The course can be done by students with a lyre or a kithara with 7 or more strings. Simple and step-by-step videos are available to prepare your lyre for the courses (including tuning).


    Lesson 1 : How to play major and minor chords

    Enhance your lyre playing by learning how to accompany a melody with chords. You will learn what is a major and a minor chord, what impact do they have on your lyre playing, and you will practice your chords playing for the first time!

    Plus: Your 1st chords exercise on a lyre


    Lesson 2 : How to play inversions of a chord

    Let's move on one step further by learning what are chords' inversions and how to play them. At the end of this lesson, you will be able to play all the diatonic chords which form the base of the Music Harmony. 

    Plus: Your 2nd chords exercise on a lyre


    Lesson 3 : How to play chords on a major scale

    Most of us are quite familiar with songs using major chords. It's now time to introduce them to your lyre playing, and by doing this your own melodies will instantly become more pleasant to the ear, and certainly you will be able to play in a more "feel good" way! 

    Plus: Chords exercise on a major scale


    Lesson 4 : How to play chords on a minor scale

    Do you want to evoke sad emotions like sorrow, grief, nostalgia etc.? It's all about the minor diatonic scales, which you are going to learn and apply them to your lyre playing in this lesson!

    Plus: Chords exercise on a minor scale


    Lesson 5 : Introduction to basic chord harmony

    It's time for you to get into the most common chord progressions. How you move on from a specific chord to another, how do you connect chords in order to end up with a complete melody? Explore chord progressions that you have already heard many times, and start using them in order to play well-known melodies!

    Plus: Chords progression exercises  


    Lesson 6 : Learn how to play "Respect"

    Learn how to accompany with your lyre the famous song "Respect" by Otis Redding and realise the use of common chord progressions in an "everyday" and well-known melody.

    Plus: Music sheet for a lyre


    Lesson 7 : Learn how to play "The Pirates of the Caribbean"

    It's time to move on one step further, and learn how to accompany with your lyre the well-known song "The Pirates of the Caribbean" by Hans Zimmer by using chords you have learned!

    Plus: Music sheet for a lyre


    Lesson 8 : Learn how to play "Amelie"

    And here is our grande finale! You are going to learn how to accompany the sweet and beloved melody "Amelie" by the great modern composer Yann Tiersen, by applying both major and minor chords. 

    Plus: Music sheet for a lyre


    Where do I go from here? A Quick Look to Course 202!

    So, you have just finished course 201, and now, you feel the need to advance further with your lyre playing. Here is a quick video on what we will cover next in our Lyre Course 202!

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    Who is your Instructor?

    Lina Palera is a world-renowned lyre player and a charismatic teacher with more than a decade of experience in music schools and educational institutions in the United Kingdom, Greece and abroad, working with adults and children too. She travels a lot for live performances at museums, festivals, conferences and other venues. 

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