Coloring in the Open Chords | Key of C | Melody Bird | Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson

In this week’s lesson we will be looking at how to add color to the open chords in the key of C. We will apply the C major scale on top of the chords to create melody and harmony.

Here is the scale used:


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  1. Your action on that beautiful Larivee seems fairly low and really easy to play…I have been having some pain in my left hand lately (I'm 60) and thinking about sanding my saddle a little…I usually like to just fit a quarter under the 12th fret…any suggestions?…..your an amazing player!

  2. I've watched a lot of YouTube and you have the nicest lessons! Can't wait for more….

  3. brilliant. thank you.

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    Very useful. Great guidance for guitarists.

  5. Thank you!!! <3

  6. awesome, love your teaching style!

  7. What a simple yet powerful lesson which is the basis of guitar playing. Thank you!!!

  8. OmShantiShanti496

    This is outstanding, just exactly what I was looking for to help me get past my stuck-ness with my beginner playing. Thank you for taking the time to do this, it’s well appreciated.

  9. I'm trying to get beyond the basics to do some improvisational playing. What a fabulous approach you provide here to allow me to do just that. Wonderful!

  10. Excellent lesson, thanks.

  11. Cool lesson, your soooo good!

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  13. Great lesson, been playing years but only recently started finger picking and got loads of ideas from this…

  14. It's a +9th rather than a +2nd because the D note is in the second octave. This is a continuation of chord construction from alternating notes, i.e. Root (1), 3, and 5 make a major chord, then expand that to a 7th with 1, 3, 5, and 7, then onto the 9th with 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9, onto the 11th with 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11, then by the time you get to the 13th with 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13 you will have every note in the scale being played. This is impossible on a six stringed guitar though, time to get the piano out.

  15. Brilliant, thank you very much

  16. Very beautiful tutorial, and very helpful :)! Do you think you can make a tutorial on hammer-ons, pull-offs and string accuracy? I have trouble with those three things

  17. Fantastic lesson best I seen on this open scale and sooo much there!!!!!

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