Chord Melody with Peter Einhorn

Peter Einhorn takes a look at chord harmonization in this lesson series. Instead of the more traditional method of harmonizing the bass notes, he teaches a reverse method to harmonizing the melody.

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Want to add a bit more spice to your playing? Why not try harmonizing based off the melody notes? In this series, Peter shows you how.

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 1

Series Introduction

In this lesson series, Peter Einhorn is going to be discussing harmonization based off of melody notes. Most traditional learning for harmonization utilizes the bass notes. As a result you'll gain more freedom, flexibility and color in your playing.

Length: 6:00 Difficulty: 0.5 Free Sample Lesson
Lesson 2

Learning Melody

To get you started in your chord melody journey, it's first necessary to learn a few melodies. In this lesson, Peter provides instruction on melody using the 1st string for which you'll be harmonizing in later lessons.

Length: 5:20 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 3

Scales

In order to harmonize a melody and create chords, you need to know what scales you're using. In this lesson, Peter discusses harmonization using the major, Dorian and Mixolydian scales.

Length: 8:57 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 4

Transposing Shapes

In this lesson, Peter discusses how the shapes you've learned for the G major scale can be transposed or used in other keys. You will also start harmonizing scale tones in the second scene.

Length: 10:29 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 5

Using Pivot Fingers

So you've learned the basic chord melody shapes and you're wanting to apply that to music. How do you get from one shape to the next? In this lesson, Peter discusses and demonstrates the use of pivot fingers for connecting chords.

Length: 6:46 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 6

Combining Techniques

Now that you've learned how to harmonize chord and scales tones and connect chords, it's time to start putting those techniques to use. In this lesson, Peter demonstrates these techniques as applied to the song "Jingle Bells". He also discusses the art of muting and how to incorporate it to...

Length: 11:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 7

Oh! Susanna

Now that you've taken a look at combining all the techniques of chord melody playing, it's time to start applying it further. In this lesson, Peter demonstrates musicality while playing. You'll learn to play the song "Oh! Susanna".

Length: 9:31 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 8

Chromaticism

In the eighth lesson of his chord melody series, Peter discusses the use and harmonizing of chromatic notes. You'll then put these concepts to use and learn the song "When Johnny Comes Marching Home".

Length: 13:37 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 9

Go Tell It On The Mountain

In this lesson you'll learn the song "Go Tell It On The Mountain". Peter uses this song to discuss and demonstrate relative keys and how they apply to playing in the chord melody style.

Length: 9:31 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 10

St. James Infirmary

Delivering on the promise made in the lesson introduction, Peter demonstrates how to play "St. James Infirmary" in the chord melody style. He also introduces the shuffle rhythm which is needed to play the tune correctly.

Length: 8:53 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
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