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Jazz & More Guitar Lessons: Chord Melody

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Jazz Advanced, Chord Melody.
As a jazz guitar player, it's really
important to be able to play Chord Melody.
And Chord Melody means you do
an arrangement where you're playing
the melody, the chords,
and the bass at once.
So before I get into Chord Melody,
I'm gonna play a Chord Melody
piece that I've done.
It's an arrangement of an old song called
In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning,
so you can hear how it can be done.
Just an example.
[MUSIC].
Let's start really basic
here with Chord Melody.
Let's take a song,
let's take a progression, just a 2, 5, 1.
They say the melody is like this.
[MUSIC].
Like that.
A.
[MUSIC].
A flat, G, F.
[MUSIC].
And the chords will be.
[MUSIC].
D minor, G7, C.
D minor 7, G, C.
So this is the top note.
And you know that D is the root and
the D minor is the chord.
So then you have to find a,
a voicing of D minor 7, where you have A.
[SOUND].
A on top.
[MUSIC].
Maybe this one for instance.
[MUSIC].
Or this one.
There are many different ones, but,
D minor 7, then you know the next.
[MUSIC].
Note is A flat, and the chord is G7.
So then you have to find,
you have to first check what is A flat.
Yeah, it's the flat 9 of G7.
So you have to find a G
dominant voicing with a flat 9.
For instance this one.
[MUSIC].
Flat 5 sharp 5, flat 9.
[MUSIC].
So.
[MUSIC].
And then find a C major voicing.
[MUSIC].
Find a C major 7 voicing or C 6,
9 voicing, where you have G on top.
So.
[MUSIC].
Then a D.
Then you have to find D minor
7 voicing with F on top.
[MUSIC].
Like this.
Or maybe this.
[MUSIC].
And then find a G voicing with F on top.
You can make this really, a boring chord,
you can make it just a G7.
But, you could do something interesting
too and add like a, a D flat triad.
[MUSIC].
And then find the C major chord with.
[MUSIC].
E on top.
So.
[SOUND].
And there, you have a Chord Melody,
right there.
[MUSIC].