In my opinion, chord melodies are one of the most challenging things you can do on the guitar - you have to hold down melody, harmony, groove, and tempo, while making it all sound good at the same time. In this course we will dive into chord melody playing. What are some of the key elements into taking a song and making it sore in a solo guitar setting. We will look at different approaches from right hand technique, to harmonic options, to phrasing, to chord voicings. Chord melody is a bit endless, so in the course there will be clear guidelines of how to start on this magical and challenging journey. We will look at specific arrangements, dissect them, and understand them so you can then make your own. Chord melodies changed the way I play and see my instrument - I am excited to show you what I have learned in my 15 years of studying and obsessing over it. As a note: we will study a mixture of genres. This will not be just jazz - we will also check out pop, soul, and r'n'b. I know sometimes when we hear "chord melody" we go right to Joe Pass- we will be using chord melodies to look at a variety of genres.
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Thank you so much Dr. Molly Miller for being so generous with your time. These classes were so fun and I am going to use what I learned in my playing. Have a great tour!
Molly's classes continue to be a goldmine of information. She has a wonderful ability to introduce concepts in a digestible way. She always promotes creativity! Couldn't recommend them more!
Molly knows her stuff! We covered everything from technique, good practices for playing chord melodies, and even music theory. Having someone like Molly for a teacher is truly a boon for any guitar player.
Didn't know Molly coming into the course, but a friend highly recommended. Was NOT disappointed! Super knowledgeable, highly relatable, and the useful nuggets that she sprinkles into each lesson are worth the cost of the class alone. You will learn a ton!
Dr Miller is a really engaging and enthusiastic instructor with a great knowledge of her topic and clear interest in helping her class develop. The materials were excellent and focused on the needs, feedback from, and interest of the class. These all made the learning a fun challenge. The homeworks certainly weren't rote practice and helped me start to develop a genuine understanding for chord melody and I'm confident I'd be able to go on and enjoy making my own arrangements.