I write melodies. Now, I am trying to put harmony to them. I learned the chord basics. Today, I have two questions to ask, hoping to get answers by your kindness.
I put a chord under every accented note. Then take the notes between accented notes into consideration when deciding which chords to use. I don’t know if this is the right way. I searched online, people do say that change chords at the accented notes, then they say accented notes are the first and the third notes of each measure. But the accented notes in my melodies are all over the places. It may be the last notes of measures and may be tied across measures. Is it possible the good composers are so good that their melodies match the natural accented notes of each measure (strong, weak, less strong, weak)?
After writing down the chords, I try to use some beautiful yet very simple arpeggio patterns on the chords. Here is the problem. Every measure does not contain just the chord notes, the non chord notes clash with the chord notes, then I try to change the chord notes to avoid the half step tone, full step tone and tritone. Then the chords are not the right chords anymore. They sound awkward. I see those people play with easy and fluently on the piano, never heard clashing sound. There must be something I am not aware of.