Jazz Guitar: Playing Exquisite Chord Melody – best tips
Chord melody is the ultimate expression on Jazz guitar. By combining melody and harmony, the player takes total control over the musicality of the piece. However, this can become pretty challenging at times!
If you’re struggling to create beautiful chord melodies on your favorite Jazz guitar standards, here’s what you need to know.
How to play the best chord melody :
1- Learn the melody first
2- Accompany yourself
You don’t have to pluck a chord each time you hit a melody note! (*important*)
Be creative. Use phrasing, articulation, counterpoint, etc.
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