RHYTHM GUITAR: Matching Chords to Melodies

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Andrew Wasson of Creative Guitar Studio answers a viewers question…

Q: I like to write instrumental melodies on guitar and have just recently purchased some multi-track studio software. After placing the drum loops and recording my melodies, I have been finding it extremely difficult to add in the rhythm guitar behind the melody. Could you make a video covering some ways to go and match chords to melodies? Thanks!
Duane — Houston, TX. USA

A: This question is a very popular one that I will get asked quite often. But, the answer isn’t exactly a simple one. There are not only several options available for adding chords to a melody, but there are other factors we must also consider as well. You will need to understand that adding chords to one style of music as compared to another style, may differ as to which chord types, or even how many chords are added. Plus, keep in mind, that one often overlooked factor for adding in chords is rhythmic groove. The rhythmic meter of the underlying melody will affect the style of groove, and even the chords that are used for the harmony parts. In the video I begin with some basic diatonic harmony and a substitution principle that every rhythm guitar arranger should know. Then, I move onto the neck and demonstrate several examples.

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  1. I love your sound-clean-melodic. You can easily be in a famous band that could use your talent.I am learning so much. I was too much a fast scale player-now melodic is my next step. Thank you so much!

  2. 1.5x awesome



  4. It's like i was in back 80s
    love it

  5. Þorvaldur Blöndal

    So what music theory is this? String theory?

  6. I think this douche purposely tries to make this shit hard to understand. I'm sure there is a much easier way to teach how to build chords around a melody. He is explaining this as technical as possible

  7. My head hurts but it helped so much

  8. Is that a Wilkinson tremolo you have on your geetar?

  9. Can you you suggest a dvd or book to learn everything I need to know to construct my own rthym chord progression arrangement (sorry don't know the term) to a song. For example if I wanted to make my own chords to a song. I'm tired of just listening to the bass notes then construct based of of that base note or looking up chords on the internet. I want to learn how to create my own accompaniment. Please suggest learning material. Thank you very much

  10. thanks. love jamming to your line. great stuff.I 'm on the dobro, but your concepts are effective on any instrument. thanks again.

  11. thnx for the free pdf files and jam track. you are like god to us. thanx a lot

  12. Marek Summerfield

    Great lesson & just what I was looking for – thanks !

  13. ImGonnaGoTakeANap

    Another great lesson. Thank you so much.

  14. What's that pickup on your neck position? Is that like a humbucker that fits into a single coil space?

  15. Christopher Miller


  16. Thanks so much Andrew ive learned more theory from you than ever 

  17. great video!

  18. creativeguitarstudio

    This weeks Guitar Lesson: "Matching Chords to Melodies."

    Handout will be available on: Sunday Feb. 23, 2014

    RHYTHM GUITAR: Matching Chords to Melodies

  19. Yes, I needed this :D

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