A Simple Way To Sound Complicated On Guitar - Chord/Melody Arranging

by Simon Candy

 

Chord Melody Guitar Article PicIn this video, I sit down with music theory expert Tommaso Zillio from Music Theory For Guitar.com to discuss and demonstrate ways in which you can play the chords and melody of a song on one guitar.

You learn a step-by-step method for creating arrangements of songs on guitar where you play both the melody and chords at the same time.

 

Step 1: Chords And Melody

Learn the chords and melody of the tune in isolation

Step 2: Bass

Play the melody with the root notes of the chord only

Step 3: Harmony

Add the harmony to vary the texture of the arrangement

Step 4: Arpeggiation

Arpeggiate the chords to fill out the arrangement

Step 5: Reharmonisation

Spice things up with some reharmonisation and chord substitution

Watch the video below to learn more:

 

Auld Lang Syne

• Melody

In creating a chord/melody arrangement on guitar you must know the melody in isolation and know it well.

Here is an excerpt of the melody from our tune Auld Lang Syne:

 

Chords Melody One Guitar Melody

 

• Bass (Root Notes)

Next, add the root notes of the chords to the melody to begin creating an accompanying part:

 

Chords Melody One Guitar Root Notes

 

• Chords

You can now fill the space between the root notes and the melody with the harmony (chords) for a fuller sound:

 

Chords Melody One Guitar Chords

 

• Arpeggiation

Once the chords and melody are in place, it is much easier to arpeggiate the chords.

This can give your chord/melody arrangement a feeling of development, especially if you have previously only been plucking the chords:

 

Chords Melody One Guitar Arpeggio

 

• Re-harmonisation

A cool way to continue developing your arrangement is to re-harmonise the melody. There are many ways you could do this, here is one:

 

Chords Melody One Guitar Reharmonisation

 

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