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How to work out the chords to a song

November 20, 2016
work out melody this will tell you the key major\minor happy\sad
know the Diatonic chords in the key number them I(1) ii iii(3) IV V(5) IV Viidim
which notes are chord tones or passing tones 
chord notes on strong beats in a 4/4 tune beats 1&3 if jaz\swing 2&4
break the melody into phrases 
find the chord tones in the phrase 
determine which of the Diatonic chords contain those notes try them choose best fit
think about tension and release V to I chord
some popular chord progressions that may be helpful
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