Combining chords with a melody riff (Key of G)
Lesson #364 • May 13, 2021
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Hey friends! Quick riff exercise here, where I take on the challenge of adding a distinctive melody line into 4 measures of strummed chords. This lesson teaches how to approach this step by step, so that you’re modifying the strummed chords one step at a time – but always working toward the end goal of playing them both at once. The final result is a 4-measure sequence that sounds “full” because of the constant strumming – yet also has that “hummable” quality because of the melody notes you’ve integrated. I hope you enjoy!
- 0:00 Preview & lesson summary
- 2:02 Step 1: Chords & melody, big picture
- 4:11 Step 2: Adding pinky on high E-string
- 6:53 Step 3: Adding walk-downs
- 9:46 Step 4: Bringing in the Gmaj7 & Dadd6
- 18:30 Step 5: Adding rhythmic strumming
What inspired this lesson
The song Drinking Problem by Midland is the partial inspiration for this lesson. Specifically, the post-chorus (bridge?) section where he sing “Call it a problem, I call it a solution” mimics the shape of the melody I am playing here.
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