Andy Wood Chord Melody Guitar Lesson Part 1 of 4 … Solo Guitar Georgia on My Mind
Click the link below to watch this the super talented Andy Wood play this chord melody himself …
Fast forward to 1:07 of the above link if you want to see it immediately … but i’d suggest watching the whole video … it’s good stuff.
In this four part guitar lesson we’re gonna breakdown a great little chord melody by Andy Wood. If you are not familiar with Andy, just do a quick search on youTube and you will find loads of videos with his amazing guitar playing. This guy is awesome. He actually started out early on as a mandolin player playing bluegrass. And has translated a lot of what he learned on that instrument to his exceptional guitar technique. He has done a great job of mixing Brent Mason, Albert Lee, with Van Halen, Steve Vai, and Eric Johnson into his own style.
I first stumbled upon mr Andy Wood a few years back and have been checking the youTube for video uploads of Andy every so often since then. He always plays at least a handful of ideas that catch my ear immediately.
This guy is a really talented guitar player and I look forward to doing some more guitar lessons based on some of the other videos i’ve seen on the youTube.
As for this guitar lesson, we are going to breakdown this short chord melody that is based on the song Georgia or Georgia on My Mind (i’m horrible with names). But it’s a great blues melody. The chords are based around a jazz blues progression. I chose this chord melody to start as a nice introduction to the whole solo guitar chord melody thing … for those that might not be used to playing this kind of thing. But it is also advanced enough to keep the interest for the more seasoned guitar players watching. It’s just a fun little chordal composition to add to your playing arsenal.
It’s a familiar melody, very recognizable … with a simple but cool chordal arrangement. There are no crazy walking bass lines or tricky fingerings, just a nice combination of chords and melody. I do introduce a few of my own tweaks to this at the end with a few chord voicings that i preferred. However I do also walk through the chords that Andy chose to play. And at the end there is a cool arpeggio run that some of the guitarists that want to see how you can mix nice chord playing with some fun lead guitar runs might get a kick out of.
Alright on to the lesson … I hope you guys enjoy this guitar breakdown. We have had a lot of request for lessons on solo guitar chord melody stuff, and harmony theory … so we will be doing a lot more of these in the future. The next one up will be a lesson on a tune called A Ballad of Triangles by Don Mock. It’s an awesome study of triads over base notes. I remember learning this in music school and it opened my world up to so many new things that I hadn’t previously thought about.
Also if you are interested in exploring more on the subject of chord melody or solo acoustic guitar stuff definitely check out Tuck Andress, Tuck and Patti, Michael Hedges, Joe Pass, Andy McKee, Herb Ellis, Wes Montgomery, Barney Kessel, Bill Frisell, Howard Morgen, Ron Eschete, Jim Hall and don’t forget the MASTER … Ted Greene.
To name just a few.
I look forward to that guitar lesson … I hope you guys stick around for it.
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Alright … Lets get it on.
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