Introduction to Chord Melody on Guitar – Improvise for Real

My complete series on chord-melody can be viewed here:

This video teaches the first step to developing a complete approach to chord-melody playing on the guitar. It is part of Exercise 3: Pure Harmony in the Improvise for Real method for guitar. For more information and free improvisation lessons, please visit
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  1. Tommy Mitchell

    In life, you find a good player and then a good teacher. But when you find the same person doing both, you have made a wonderful discovery. This gifted person has the ability to really speak to you if you are listening. Pay attention and he will improve your musical life. I came here by accident. I don't play guitar, but as an arranger, I appreciate his way of teaching. Kind and gentle, but informative and authoritative. Bravo.

  2. Some people are just ingenuous teachers. I envy you. Compliments!

  3. Tohopka Hototo Tawa

    what 7 chords of the major scale are you referring to? are you saying 7th chords of the major scale? or meaning just every interval in the scale not counting the octave. for instance the a major would be a, b minor,c#m,dmaj,e,f#minor,g

  4. la verdad que es un metodo excelentemente explicado por usted , en los viedos en español los disfrute y he aprendido mucho, ojala tambien esten estos de chord melody en español desde ya muchas gracias, un gran abrazo desde Argentina para usted

  5. I can't believe how this guide so simply spelled out everything that I've been struggling with figuring out by myself for months. It's so easy that I honestly feel silly for having to have tangled with this problem for so long.

    This has opened up a world of possibility for my musical creation/understanding.
    Sincerely, thank you!

  6. If our bass is on string 6, by the time the melody note moves to string 4, are we plucking just two strings (6 and 4) or are we strumming notes from 6, 5 and 4?

  7. This was SO incredibly helpful!!!!!!! THANK YOU

  8. Im so glad i found this video, this lesson was painless and easy to understand! Thank you!

  9. You're so zen! I love it.

  10. what is that 1st song ?

  11. what's that song called that you start to play briefly at about .35? That sounded amazing and I'd like to learn it.

  12. Very well taught! Thanks for the lesson! Helps a lot with what I've been looking to do!

  13. amazing

  14. Thank you very much for the excellent lessons.  I've always wanted to do more than just strumming chords – more melody included.  I just subscribed because you are a good instructor!  Thanks, again!  God bless, Charlie

  15. Hi David, many thanks for shedding light on such an amazing path of learning. I've been playing the bass+singer combination for a few days now and would like to take it to the next step which is to start playing each chord of the scale per day of the week. I'm still however not sure if I'm approaching this the way you meant it , so for example if we're in the key of C starting on the first day, then when comes the second "chord day" , I play the same notes of the C major scale but with the D note as the bass? or do I shift to D minor scale since I'm playing it over a D min chord? I would really appreciate if you shed some light on this for me…many thanks in advance!

  16. Ryan Chirumbole

    Thanks for the great lesson! Do you mind answering why you use numbers versus using solfege?

  17. Christopher Moncrieffe

    You are a very good communicator. I appreciate your spin on this. Great advice.

  18. Really clear approach, nailed it. Very informative.

  19. Sir Can i ask some questions ?  9:20 why does the Bass of the C chord is accompanied 6th String 4th fret?

  20. Hola David. Yo he comprado tu libro en español, pero hasta el momento no he visto que los videos estén en mi idioma. Es que están en alguna parte y no los he sabido encontrar? Si es así me podrías pasar un link para acceder a ellos? Muchas gracias!

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