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    Strictly Chord Melody

    Yay! My own strictly thread !!

    The aim of the game here is to write a head/chorus/what ever for the given backing, using chord melodys.What are these?

    Chord melody is when you incorporate chords into the melody

    See Peter Simms articles on Chord Melody Construction for more info
    http://www.ibreathemusic.com/article/179

    There are many ways of going about playing a chord melody. One can strike a chord and tap out the lead with their picking hand. Maybe play the whole phrase in chord form, using your leading notes to spell out the melody. Or just play the chord then a few notes then a chord and a few more.

    Knowing the chord's in several positions and their substitutes will be handy. Knowing arpeggios up and down the fretboard is helpfull aswell.

    Have a listen to my example and you will see what its all about.
    We are playing in 3/4. and the progression goes.

    FM7 | Dm7 | Gm7 | A+7 |
    Dm7 | BbM7 | EbM7 | A+7 |

    i will attach a tab of my chord melodized section aswell.

    Ps, Something that helped me whilst writing this little tune was to just play a simple one line melody over the backing. Then try find appropriate voicings of each chord so i could play them together.

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    Tabs done ect.. no Powertab sorry, i suck at it.
    Last edited by Joe Pass Jr; 03-26-2006 at 12:42 PM.
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    Nice one Joe! Good examples too, nice playin'.

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    Here's my take ! Thank you Joe, it was really fun to give it a shot !! =)
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    Played like a pro!!! Great Work Shredmaniac, those harmonies added a nice flavour. It sounded very modal to me too. Im still not that theoretically minded but it sounded asif you took advantage of the b7ths abit. Myxolydian?!?
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    I just used the Dm blues scale at one point to spice things up a bit, but I mainly considered your chord progression to be (roughly) in F Major / D harmonic minor on the A7+5 and used that chord's 3rd extensively when it came along. .That's the only thing rock / metal guys like me can do convincingly, comes from all those Neo-classical chord progressions (Am/E7) ^^

    "Yay an E7 chord !!"

    /bends the G to G#

    "Wow I really nailed this tricky chord progression. Too bad I had to stop that bitchin' harmonic minor run at the 17th fret to do it."
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    Hey joe,I finally got down to it,got to admit it was a tough one.The melody i play starting on 9th bar is what i heard very strongly and i know its a standard dont know which one though. i need to work on being able to play chord melodies on the fly,i suck at it .Thanks for the reminder
    Regards - hermit
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    lovely interpretations

    Wonderful playing guys. I love the style. Interesting how the chord structure and tempo dictate similar styles in the melodies you come up with. I wish I could add something here because this is a style I'm interested in learning how to play. Not sure how to work the technology.

    I do have a question, though. What is this chord? | A+7 |. I should know but sometimes people, and even published music books, use the + to mean different things. Thank you.

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    Is that a secondary dominant?

    Could you consider the A+7 in this progression a secondary dominant? I ask because in the key of F Major the A would normally be minor but in this case it is implied as dominant 7.



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    chord melody

    i have heard a lot about this game and even i played this very ingteresting this is playing with the chords it gave me passion
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shredmaniac
    Here's my take ! Thank you Joe, it was really fun to give it a shot !! =)
    Great playing - and what is your setup? Really nice tone.

    EDIT: JoePassJr, another great interpretation. The sound itself was maybe a little aggressive, maybe it's just me. Anyway, the playing was absolutely up there with Shredmaniac. Inspiring listening, as it's a little different than the regular rock that I have listened to the most. The sequence with a playing-break towards the end worked very well.
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    Much appreciated. And yes, my solo part was a bit full on for the feel i started off with. Thats just my lack of compositional skill, same goes with the 6 bar structure. Thinking about having a stab at it yourself?!?! Surely there are a billion other ways to approach this idea.
    Its not the techniques you use, but the music you make.

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    refresher needed

    I wanted to post a short instrumental jam for people to expirement soloing over.. It's been a while, can we still post files here for members to try soloing over? I recorded a short instrumental jam, only about 700 kilobytes. Would like to post it... can I post here? or as a new thread in the "strictly" category.

    Thanx in advance.

    Joe

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    Probably better to post it here Joey rather than trying to get a new Thread started at the moment!!!
    I think the Site File Limit was 1.4Mb so at .700 you should be fine with that!!!!
    I look forward to hearing it!!!

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    Thanks man!

    Quote Originally Posted by mattblack850
    Probably better to post it here Joey rather than trying to get a new Thread started at the moment!!!
    I think the Site File Limit was 1.4Mb so at .700 you should be fine with that!!!!
    I look forward to hearing it!!!
    Cool man, I will post it here. I did the instrumental for others to improv over and also posted my little solo contribution. Actually, my "solo" so to speak, is more of an arranged horn part I did with my keyboard.

    I will be putting a guitar solo arrangement over it as soon as I figure out how to get a wav file on to my multitrack.

    What you hear is excellent for playing a bluesy/jazzy/maybe even latin guitar solo over in it's instrumental format but for now I just did mine as a horn part..

    I look forward to hearing other members approach to soloing over this piecee. Here is the instrumental. The first one is the instrumental, the second one is with horn part played on a keyboard.

    It starts rather abruptly, sorry about that.
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