How to Create Guitar Melody From Simple Chords
In this article, you’ll discover simple ways to create your own killer melodies from simple guitar chords. This article is one of three tutorials, and each one is designed to help you create awesome guitar melodies, so you can create your own songs or combine them with others you already know. This is a great addition to the chords you already know how to play but simply want to spice things up a little more. Over the next series of 3 articles we will teach you how to build effective guitar solos that stand out, and how to move away from solos that just sound like you’re playing scales. To do this you will need to understand how melody works. Now you may know this in theory, but actually creating and playing melody all comes down to being able to express true “feeling” through the music you play. In this video we will be using A minor chord and F chord as examples. If you don’t know how to play these chords yet, just check out the video below:
Understanding the MelodyIn the previous article about playing guitar chords faster, Steve showed an easy way to visualize chords. We will apply the same technique here to start off. In order to create our own melodies it all comes down to visualizing notes, chords and rhythms. Once we feel in our mind and have that pictured in our head it becomes much easier to play the notes and get creative. By knowing this upfront we can think about mixing it up with other notes and chords.
How to Get Started With Guitar Melodies?First let’s get started by locating the A minor chord. As this chord can be challenging for most of the beginners you will need to place your fingers in the following order.
- Place your index finger on the first fret of the B string (the second string)
- Place your middle finger on the second fret of the D string (the fourth string)
- Place your ring finger on the second fret of the G string (the third string)
Additional tips on building up guitar melody
- Try to sing your solo
- Define the rhythm that matches your singing
- Mix chords and notes that match one another
- Try combining your solo with another instrument to see if it is a great fit
- Use silence, bend the strings, add a specific tone to it
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