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Playing Chords and Melody on Guitar. How to add melody to chords. Chord melody arrangement.

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Video Script:
For many students of the guitar, the goal of being able to integrate chord and melody playing is something of a holy grail.

This lesson, building on the earlier Sound Bites in the beginners’ series, is going to start bringing together all the skills we have covered so far, in an attempt to take you a significant step further on this quest.

Here are the chords to the first couple of lines of Sunny – the song we learnt the melody of in the last Sound Bite. Normally we would play these chords something like this but to help us better integrate the melody – we need to change the C7 chord to this shape played up at the 8th fret. This will make more sense next lesson. So here are our first two chord shapes.

Next chord is an FMaj7 – note this is not the same as an F7 – it’s a jazzier sounding chord and actually nice and easy to play. Notice we use the little triangle symbol to distinguish from the F7 chord. And this chord is followed by an E7sus4 which I want you to note is played with 2nd and 3rd fingers and that is changed to E7 by adding the first finger and taking off the 3rd finger like this.

So that first line altogether Am C7 FMaj7 E7sus4 and E7 and that is played through twice. Up to you whether you choose to play this with a pick or fingerstyle.

Ok let’s look at the second half of the sequence. After playing the first line twice we play a series of Am chords that sound like this. Am, we have already covered the next chord is Am natural 7th followed by Am7. Here are the shapes.

Then for Am6 we use a particular fingering which, you’ll see in the next lesson, will better suit the melody. This is then followed by FM7 which we have already covered then an E7, buit again we want to select a specific fingering for this.

Then it’s back to Am and the E7sus4 E7 routine we used at the end of the first section. Here are the chord shape diagrams for the special fingerings of Am6 and E7 that we are using. And here is the full at slow tempo… and at more or less full tempo.

I’ll leave you to practice that as much as possible – the better you know those shapes the easier you’ll find the final stage of this process.

And that will be where, in the next sound bite, I’ll show you how to integrate the melody with these chords.
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  1. Luís Bettinelli

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  2. Richard Palmer

    I greatly enjoyed this lesson. You have a special gift in your ability to communicate complex musical subjects in a manner that is intelligible. I was curious why you chose the 8 fret variation of C7. Was this just a stylistic choice to emphasise the 5th of the chord as the tonal dominance of the measure seems to fall on E at 2.5 beats and the open C Dom 7 inversion has the open E as the "top" note. Just curious, thanks.

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