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Identifying The Elements - Melody (Guitar Lesson)


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Michael Ripoll

Identifying The Elements - Melody

Melody just might be the most important building block in music! It's debatable, but certainly worth pondering. What are some of the first melodies you remember getting stuck in your head? In this lesson, we'll learn how to create melody!

Taught by Michael Ripoll in Life Of The Party seriesLength: 6:25Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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rockgod1rockgod1 replied on June 24th, 2017

Maybe I need to go to a different lesson I don't currently have the ability to take what's in my head and plant it down on the guitar so trying to match my humming to the fretboard would take me hours to do

Life Of The Party

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Learn the fundamental building blocks to be able to play any song from beginning to end with confidence and the ability to actually entertain those around you while doing so!



Lesson 1

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Learn the fundamental building blocks to be able to play any song from beginning to end with confidence and the ability to actually entertain those around you while doing so!

Length: 4:13 Difficulty: 0.0 FREE
Lesson 2

Identifying The Elements - Rhythm

Learn how to pick out and create many different types of rhythmic sounds on your guitar. You'll also get your perspective set on how important rhythm guitar is to your guitar playing.

Length: 7:26 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Identifying The Elements - Melody

Melody just might be the most important building block in music! It's debatable, but certainly worth pondering. What are some of the first melodies you remember getting stuck in your head? In this lesson,...

Length: 6:25 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Identifying The Elements - Harmony

Harmony is simply the support of a melody. Harmony can exist in several different forms. It can be in the rhythm instruments or a supporting vocal, or a single note harmony from any number of instruments....

Length: 5:49 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Identifying The Elements - Lyrics

We're looking at how lyrics and melody work together from a guitar player's perspective. Lyrics are an important part of song form and it is an art to get them to work together to compliment one another...

Length: 7:15 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

A Little About Song Form

Using the original song example from the last lesson, we're going to get a better feel singing and playing along with yourself as well as honing in on different parts that make up a complete song.

Length: 10:02 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

More About Song Form

We'll look at other musical examples from Nomad's world that will further drive home the importance of identifying and working with different parts of popular songs. We'll start off by looking at the...

Length: 9:23 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Groovin' & Tempo

Learn to march to the beat of your own... Guitar? Yep! In this lesson, you'll learn how to harness that inner groove that is inside all of us and just waiting to be discovered and shared with others....

Length: 8:36 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Time Moves On

Understanding how the groove works within the time signature is so important when it comes to really getting in the zone with a song. You don't have to be able to count every little subdivision as you...

Length: 6:06 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

The Value of Notes

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Length: 12:34 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

How to Mimic the Groove

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Length: 16:38 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 12

Natural Strumming

The strum pattern can be the hardest aspect of a song to capture because trying to be too precise can actually make you play less like how you really want to sound... Comfortable and awesome! Nomad breaks...

Length: 7:19 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

Dividing It Up

In this lesson, we'll hone in a bit more on the actual subdivisions that make strumming what it is. Now that you know how to sound natural, this is the next step in becoming a great strumming machine....

Length: 24:39 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 14

Even If You Don't Sing...

...You should sing a little! Why? Because even a little singing makes vital connections between your brain and your ears! Singing is a way to massively train your ears and will make you a better all...

Length: 11:40 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 15

That Memorable Melody

What's the first thing you remember about a song? That's right... It's the melody. If it doesn't have a great melody that you can remember and hum while you're driving or in the shower, it probably isn't...

Length: 9:41 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 16

What Key Are We In?

If you can get a head start on figuring out the key you're playing in just by listening to a song, you'll be in much better shape when you actually go to sit down and learn the song. Nomad gives some...

Length: 19:58 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 17

In One A-Chord

How do we build chords from a Major scale? This is extremely helpful when song writing but also is great to understand how any chord progression works. Nomad will break down how the Major scale and basic...

Length: 7:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 18

Background Vocal Harmony

In the previous lesson, we looked at how the guitar harmonizes with itself in the context of how chords work. If you're playing chords, your always harmonizing. Now, we'll take a look at how harmony...

Length: 9:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 19

How Chords Progress

Learn how to create chord progressions by looking at how chords relate to one another. You'll find out which chords work well together and how to join them together for that perfect flow!

Length: 9:58 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

Just Passing By

Work on adding passing chords to your chord progressions and how to identify a passing chord when you're figuring out a song. They can be kinda sneaky, but if you know what to listen for, you'll get them...

Length: 7:08 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 21

The Capo Guy

There are so many great ways to use a capo. You can dial in the right key for a singer, you can add interest by playing chords or lines in a completely different part of the neck than your jamming partner,...

Length: 14:34 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 22

Take The Lead

Lots of bands have two or more guitar players. You need to know your role as you start to play with others. It's important that you not only know the difference between rhythm and lead playing. Maybe...

Length: 10:49 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 23

Identify Yourself

We're nearing the end of the series and you have done well if you've come this far! Hone in on how to dial in the sounds and tones you hear in the songs you're trying to learn. In many cases, getting...

Length: 13:38 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 24

Save The Best For Last

In the instructor's humble opinion, the SOLO is where every guitar player gets to have the most fun! As we near the end of course, and you learn how to save your cool stuff for just the right moment,...

Length: 23:42 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 25

Take Your Time

Nomad talks about the process and order you should go through when sitting down to figure out a song. What should you focus on first? Where should you devote your attention when it comes to the tiny...

Length: 12:04 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 26

Shapes & Sizes

Once you've figured out the song, you can look at the chord shapes and then mess with them! Nomad goes over how to give your basic shapes new life.

Length: 13:54 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only

About Michael Ripoll View Full Biography Michael "Nomad" Ripoll is a consummate professional in the music industry with a list of credits and accomplishments that span decades. Best known as a masterful guitar virtuoso who has played with a seemingly endless list of the most respected names in the music world, Michael has always strived to exceed the boundaries of a traditional musician’s career by proactively seeking and securing opportunities to excel in other facets of the industry.

While he remains an artist and singer-songwriter first, Michael also operates as the Musical Director for world renowned artist and friend Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, has launched an innovative online format for guitar instruction, and has even contributed to major motion picture film scores. Working with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Sting, Natalie Cole, the American Idol Tour, the Pussy Cat Dolls, India Arie, and countless others, Michael is regarded as one of the industry’s most sought after session players and touring musicians.

Michael earned the nickname "Nomad" after he started posting pictures and videos of his travels around the globe on his website and YouTube. Follow Nomad everywhere his guitar takes him here at JamPlay and at

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