How to Play Chord Voicings With Melody on Guitar

Guitar Lesson in Chord Voicings -- Learn Chord Voicings and Chord Melody on Guitar

Guitar Lesson in Chord Voicings - Learn Chord Voicings and Chord Melody on Guitar

What’s happening, guys? My name is John McClennan
and I’m here with, bringing you
this video lesson. We’re looking at 7th chords on
the lower strings and we’re playing voicings and
I’m showing you a way to move melodies around
within the chord. So it’s a pretty hip thing.

We’re starting out on a G major 7 and the way
I’m playing this is 3rd fret, 4th fret, 4th fret and
I’m using my 2nd, 3rd and pinkie fingers. It leaves my
first finger free to be able to play this. So we’re
going to start with just the example that you’ll
see in the tab, and then I’m going to expand on that.
Click the link below for the tab. Here we go.

What this is, is basically a chord scale where
I play the chord and then I’m moving the inner
note to the closest scale tone. So the G minor
7 becomes a G6. Like this might be something
that I use for comping. And then I’m going to
go A minor 7 here and I’m going to move that
middle note and then B minor 7: 7, 7, 7, goes
to 7, 5, 7; C major 7; this is the same as the
first chord just — the C note now. And then D7,
pretty hip and then D minor 7, F sharp minor
7 flat 5; and then…

Now, the next thing that you can start to do
is you can add a chromatic motion like…
Instead of just staying to the scale tone.
So just a real hip sound. So you can practice that.
This is all in the key of G based off your
diatonic G major scale. Practice these chords
and just practice moving around those inner melodies.

I remember when I first started playing this it was
hard for me to move those middle notes.

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