This week I’ll be teaching you to play all three of the harmony parts together on the guitar, effectively creating a harmonized chord-melody version of Living in the Mississippi Valley. The real key here is knowing that the 3 melody lines are always synchronizing to create either a G or an A minor chord, in various inversions**. Once you’ve got a handle on your inversions it’s really just a matter of correlating them with the melody so that the melody note is always on the bottom.
Fair warning: this is a rather difficult lesson in the sense that moving from chord shape to chord shape quickly and accurately is a little tricky. You also need a good grasp of the melody with all of it’s crookedness. But with practice and patience, playing this can certainly be done. And it makes for a pretty cool hillbilly chord melody showpiece.
**Before starting you might want to go through and play all of your various G inversions across 2 octaves: root position with the root on the low E string, first inversion, second inversion and so on; and all of your A minor inversions. We’ve talked about these inversions before but for reference they can be found throughout the lesson.
Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Harmony Parts to Mississippi Valley
Loop 0:43 Breakdown of Harmony Parts
Loop 12:24 Closing Thoughts
Loop 13:12 Practice Loop with Chris Playing Melody