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Soloing Based on the Melody

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Keep Me From Blowing Away > Soloing Based on the Melody

This week I'm going to show you a way of playing the melody that utilizes one of my favorite properties of the guitar - namely that one can play chords and melodies at the same time. In the course of the lesson we'll look at why a C7 sounds so good going to an F in the key of C, how to pick a triplet, and see how triads (see the previous week's lesson) can be deployed in the real world.





Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chris Eldridge
Keep Me From Blowing Away
Linda Ronstadt
The Seldom Scene

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Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Solo Based on the Melody


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Loop 0:38 What You Will Learn This Week

Loop 1:34 How to Solo Based on the Melody of a Tune

Loop 22:23 Closing Thoughts






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Torgeir Jorem
Torgeir Jorem Aug 16, 2018

beautiful song! Here is my attempt. I've noticed that singing with emotion can be quite difficult for 3+ minutes, as thoughts sometimes fly away (for example 'did I play that good enough?'). And also that keeping the tempo down is super important, this is a really slow song! All lessons with singing and chord theory was really interesting, thanks.


Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Aug 27, 2018

Hi Torgeir, nice job! There was a vibe right from the start in your guitar playing - it had a sense of breath and dynamics and vulnerability that was very captivating. I think you’re on the right track here. The more clear your mind can be and the more you can submerge yourself in the story of the song, the more you might be able to “forget” about how you’re playing the guitar. I know this is easier said than done! For now, I wouldn’t worry too much about maintaining the tempo because you have a good natural sense of time and musicianship. The tempo will take care of itself. Just try to stay in that clear and present place that you were in at the top of the song and deliver the lyrics like you are telling them to a person. 

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