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4 Ways To End A Chord Melody

If you've ever tried to arrange your own chord melody, you'll know that finding a good final chord can be quite tricky. This is because the vast majority of standards end on the root of the I chord. There simply aren't a lot of voicings that...

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Open String Voicings For Jazz Guitar

When you're first learning jazz guitar chords, a common approach is to learn moveable chord voicings with no open strings. This makes it easier to play tunes with just a few shapes! However, when you're playing ballads or chord melodies, a...

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Playing With Expression via Ballads

In the sea of jazz information that's out there, it's easy to forget that what we're really trying to do is play expressive, emotional music. It not rocket surgery! A great way to get back into the mindset of playing music, rather than just...

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Jazz Chord Melody Hacks for Guitarists

Play Better on Jazz Standards and Save Time As guitar players, one thing we have over other non-harmonic instruments is that we can do things like play chord melody.

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Parallel Harmony

Adding Parallel Motion to Your Chord Melody The goal of this series is to actually put a lick under your fingers. Here, there’s no more searching for ideas in the sea of jazz theory information. We’ll give stuff you need to play and be creative....

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How To Build A Chord Melody in 3 Easy Steps

On guitar, a chord melody is an arrangement of a song that includes both the melody and the harmony (chords) simultaneously. Chord melodies are often used in formats where guitar is the sole harmonic instrument: for example, solo guitar, or...

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