Just a few a ground rules first...

Promotion, advertising and link building is not permitted.

If you are keen to learn, get to grips with something with the willing help of one of the net's original musician forums
or possess a genuine willingness to contribute knowledge - you've come to the right place!

Register >

- Close -
Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: Chord-melodies.

  1. #1
    I, voyager DracWell's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Uppsala, Sweden



    How do you go about this chord-melodies?
    Like the Holdsworth kind, if you know what I meen.
    Do you just add chord tones under the melody tone?

    I've really got no idea and I really wanna learn it since it sound so damn nice

    Another example: http://home.no/pstornes/fingerprints_sunflower.mp3

  2. #2
    Registered User Gandalv's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Norway, Bergen
    I think that's the idea. You find or make an inversion of the chord that has the melody note in top, for every melody note. But you'll need a good left-hand technique to execute it properly. Jamie Andreas wrote an article about it in his newsletter, here it is:


    A few weeks ago, I published an essay on Chord Melody in the newsletter, and many of you wrote to tell me that was exactly the thing you had been looking for. I have put together a little lesson that will give you the experience of playing a song in chord melody style. This lesson will be good for all levels of players. If you are a beginner, you can follow the tab, and beginner or experienced players will benefit by following the practice guidelines I have provided.

    Playing music "chord melody" style is one of the most satisfying ways to render a song we love, because we get to hear the melody as well as the background harmony. Even if we are singing the melody to the song, it is really nice to be able to throw in a chord melody "break" in the middle, and then come back and sing the last verse. It's also nice because people are always impressed when they hear someone do a chord melody arrangement. It immediately puts you a cut above the "strummers".

    So, whether for musical reasons, or to get that little "ego boost" we all need from time to time, check out this little introductory lesson. I have kept it simple; a simple song and a simple arrangement, just to get the point across, and give even beginners a chance to experience the style.

    We have an easy key here on purpose. And what that means is that it is a key that allows us to use a lot of open strings. "Happy Birthday" is put in the key of G. On guitar, merely strumming the 2nd , 3rd and 4th strings is in itself a G chord, because those notes (D,G, and B) ARE a G chord. This makes it easy for us to do the thing you need to do in order to play chord melody; and that is to put the necessary melody note on top of the necessary chord.

    Make sure you follow the Practice Guidelines also. By doing so, you will make sure you avoid bad habits in the movements required to play the music. I recommend strumming through the arrangement with a pick. You could use your thumb instead. The important thing is to make sure that for every chord you strum, you bring out the top note (the last string sounded in the strum) clearly, because that IS the melody we want to hear ring out from the chord underneath it.

    By the way, this is a good key to sing "Happy Birthday" in, so think of someone who has a birthday coming up, and plan to surprise them with your new chord melody arrangement!


  3. #3
    I, voyager DracWell's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Uppsala, Sweden
    Yeah, thought so, atleast that's the way I learned when playing piano.

Similar Threads

  1. melodic minor and its modes
    By lycanthrope in forum Music Theory
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 04-30-2004, 04:50 PM
  2. Replies: 10
    Last Post: 04-26-2004, 02:50 AM
  3. Directions
    By Snap in forum Mental Stuff
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 03-22-2004, 05:36 PM
  4. An Introduction to Guitar Chord Melodies article
    By Cuno in forum Guitar Technique
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 09-03-2003, 12:37 PM
  5. Chord flavor library
    By Zatz in forum Music Theory
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 07-11-2002, 12:41 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts