Chord Melody Part 1

Group guitar class taught by Molly Miller

1 hour per week · intermediate

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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Taught by Molly Miller
Teaching on Til since 2021

4.99 · 361 students

I am a lover of guitar. I have been playing since I was 7 - I grew up playing with my 4 siblings. I studied at USC, where I received my Doctorate in Guitar Performance and now am a professor. I play constantly- touring with artists such as Jason Mraz, Molly Miller Trio, and all over the internet!
What you'll do


How to get your melodies to sing!

Hybrid Picking/ Right Hand Technique

I found this technique super helpful for chord melodies. You have more control over what notes are being played and more options when you can hybrid pick. We will work on some right hand technique through different exercises as well.

Triadic Chord Meldies

You can do a lot with just a few notes.

Seventh Chords in Chord Melodies

Using these slightly larger chords can help fill out the sound- let's investigate!

Arranging For Chord Melody

While this is endless (which I love!), let's look at some key elements of how to arrange a chord melody

Who you are
Strong Intermediate to Advanced Player: Have a strong understanding of the fretboard. I would recommend having taken my String Theory 2 course. You should know: - Some seventh chord voicings - Some triads throughout your instrument - Basic theory knowledge (major scale) - Barre chords and open chords
What to bring
Guitar, zoom, and time to dig in! I would recommend having 1.5+ hours throughout the week to work on the material. I understand life is crazy, but if you can spend three sessions of at least 30 minutes a week diving into the material, you will be so solid in this course!
5.0 (18 reviews)
John G.
November 2023

I really enjoyed this course. She provided us with straightforward arrangements of classic tunes, then encouraged us through examples and feedback to make the tunes our own. Watching the other students post their videos was fun and inspiring and made me more comfortable to post my own. I’m looking forward to the follow up course!

David L.
November 2023

Molly Miller is a great teacher. She explains the material clearly and encourages questions from her students. She stimulates creativity and is incredibly supportive.

November 2023

Molly is superb!

November 2023

I can’t believe how much I learned in just six weeks! Molly is super friendly and laid back, while also being a stellar guitar player. She’s also as good a teacher as she is a musician. I can’t wait to take more classes with Molly!

Jake R.
March 2023

If you're an intermediate guitarist, looking to break through a practice rut or plateau, take these classes!! Dr. Molly shows a killer ability to integrate the individual students needs into her group class. She has a great awareness for listening and assessing where folks are at and provides tools to take the next step. Being a group class format, you will get the most out of it if you keep tuned into the group chat over the course of the week. Also, learn from my misstep and plan enough time to practice and prepare each week! The return on your investment will be so much greater. Thanks Dr. Molly for an enlightening and motivating series of classes!

March 2023

Learning from Molly Miller was awesome. Very talented and teaches with great understanding and knowledge for any level of player.

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