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Chord-Melody

Chord-melody is the approach to guitar playing where both the chord and melody are played at the same time. Although mastering this form of guitar playing is very difficult, a well-rounded guitarist should have at least a basic understanding of this guitar style. There was a great article in the October 1994 issue of Guitar Player entitled "Chord Melody Concepts" by Joe Pass. There was also an earlier article in the July 1976 issue of Guitar Player entitled "Chord Melody" by Arnie Berle. The best commercial site is Chord Melody Guitar Music.

To get you started, below is an example of a possible chord-melody sketch for the A section to Hoagy Carmichael's 1930 standard Georgia On My Mind in the key of C.

  
   CMaj7    Bm7b5 E7     Am  Am/G     D/F# Fm7 Bb7/F
E---0--3---|----------|------5-----|---------------|
B---0------|---5--3---|---5--5-5----|---3---1--3----|
G---0------|---2--1---|---5--5------|---2---1--1----|
D---2------|---3--0---|---2--5------|---0---1--3----|
A---3------|---2--2---|---0---------|-------3--1----|
E----------|------0---|------3------|---2---1--1----|
 1.         2.         3.            4.

 CMaj7/E  A13 A7  Dm7   G6     Em7 A7   Dm7     G7+ 
E-0---3---7--5--|---5-------|-3--3-|--5-5-5-5----|
B-0-------7---5--|-6-----5--3-|-3--2-|--6--------4--|
G-0-------6---6--|-5-----4----|-0--0-|--5--------4--|
D-2-------5---5--|-7-----3----|-0--2-|--7--------3--|
A-3-----------7--|-5-----5----|-2--0-|--5-----------|
E-0-------5---5--|-------3----|-0----|-----------3--|
 5.               6.           7.     8. 

Click below for the best in free Chord-Melody lessons,arrangements, and resources available on the web.

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An Introduction to Guitar Chord Melodies (ibreathemusic)
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Creating Chord-Melody Arrangements (MoneyChords)
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Mastering Chord/Melody: The Basics (WholeNote)
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Solo Guitar with Chord Melodies - Part I (Guitar Noise)
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Chord-Melody Collections

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Chord Melody Solos by Barry Galbraith (Andy Polon)
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Video Chord-Melody Arrangements & Lessons

Resources

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42 Chord Melody Arrangements for Solo Guitar
by Barry Galbraith
This free 65 page pdf book contains 42 chord-melody arrangements in standard notation.[Download your copy here]


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