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Quick Win: How To Play Chord Melody On A Jazz Standard

If you’re a guitar or a piano player, one important thing that you’d be able to do is chord melody – playing the chords and the melody of a jazz standard at the same time.

But this presents a particular challenge, especially for jazz guitar players. So what are the basics of chord melody and how do you do it?

Listen to episode 355

In this episode:

  1. Intro
  2. Creating chord melody – Polka Dots and Moonbeams
  3. The basics of creating chord melody
  4. How to find the chords under the melody notes – Section A
  5. How to emphasize the melody notes
  6. Try adding some ornaments
  7. How to find the chords under the melody notes – Section B
  8. My own rendition of Polka Dots and Moonbeams

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Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstrahttp://www.brentvaartstra.com
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for learnjazzstandards.com which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."

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