Learning Melody (Guitar Lesson)


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Peter Einhorn

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.

Taught by Peter Einhorn in Chord Melody with Peter Einhorn seriesLength: 5:20Difficulty: 1.5 of 5


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juscajusca replied on December 1st, 2014

Oops, 2 years.

juscajusca replied on December 1st, 2014

3 years later and Jingle Bells is still missing. :\

irociroc replied on November 29th, 2012

jingle in jingle bells is still nowhere to be found...what's up with that?????

irociroc replied on November 29th, 2012

jingle in jingle bells is still nowhere to be found...what's up with that?????

hunter1984hunter1984 replied on November 19th, 2012

Measure 13 is incorrect... The G note is "do", of course... Not Mi.

mattbrownmattbrown replied on November 20th, 2012

It's fixed now. Thanks for the heads up!

3deeder3deeder replied on November 19th, 2012

never thought of it, but it is easier to learn to harmonize with the guitar tuned down a whole step.

hunter1984hunter1984 replied on November 18th, 2012

I don't mean disrespect... But I do think it's inconvenient to tune the guitar down a whole step every time I want to participate in one of these lessons... I do agree that the guitar as a solo instrument sounds better tuned down a half, or whole step... But for the purposes of learning and of teaching, I think it makes sense to teach in standard tuning, and then leave it up to the student to play these examples tuned down a whole step when playing live...

hunter1984hunter1984 replied on November 18th, 2012

I don't mean playing these examples live.. I don't think any of us will be playing oh susanna live... But I mean using the idea of tuning down a whole step when playing live - which is something I do often... But when learning from a teacher on a website like this, it's more convenient to learn in standard tuning.

Jason.MounceJason.Mounce replied on November 19th, 2012

The supplemental content provided ignores this feature. You can certainly take the concepts provided here along with the tabs and play in standard tuning. Peter prefers tuning down. The only thing you may run in to is sounding a bit out of tune if you're trying to play along with the video. However all the finger positions and ideas translate properly to standard tuning.

wolfieandbettywolfieandbetty replied on November 28th, 2014

hunter1984hunter1984 replied on November 19th, 2012

Yeah... I feel a bit foolish because I made those comments before watching the lesson and seeing that the supplemental material isn't effected by his tuning. I wish there was a feature on here to delete comments.

frethappensfrethappens replied on November 18th, 2012

This is a great approach! Exactly what I have been looking for. Please keep them coming.

Jason.MounceJason.Mounce replied on November 16th, 2012

Matt is finalizing a few changes, it will be up shortly.

mattbrownmattbrown replied on November 16th, 2012

It's in there now. Sorry for the delay!

thesnowdogthesnowdog replied on November 17th, 2012

Looks like "Jingle Bells" is missing?

jnc51jnc51 replied on November 16th, 2012

There's nothing in the Supplemental Material!?

Chord Melody with Peter Einhorn

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

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.



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...

Length: 6:00 Difficulty: 0.5 FREE
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...

Length: 5:20 Difficulty: 1.5 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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...

Length: 6:46 Difficulty: 1.5 Members 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...

Length: 11:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members 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...

Length: 9:31 Difficulty: 2.0 Members 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 Members 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 Members 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...

Length: 8:53 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only

About Peter Einhorn View Full Biography Peter has performed and / or recorded with Joe Lavono, Jimmy Cobb, Steve Swallow, Placido Domingo, John Abercrombie, Steve Kuhn, Eddie Daniels, Roland Hanna, Walter Booker and many others.

Peter has honed his teaching skills from 20 years of service at the National Guitar Workshop, 10 years teaching guitar students and ensembles at Bard College in N.Y., and, to this day, maintains some private students. As a professional jazz & latin musician in New York City and Miami he has played in many top venues. His work at the Metropolitan opera in New York City over a period of three years should be noted. He has written for network television (NBC, ABC)) and for video (History Channel) and has over 25 scores to his credit. Peter has performed and / or recorded with Joe Lavano, Jim Hall, Steve Swallow, Placido Domingo, John Abercrombie, Steve Kuhn, Eddie Daniels, Roland Hanna and many others. Peter is licensed in Instrumental Music, K-12 in New York State. His guitar improvisational instruction books; "Introducing the Dorian Mode" and "Introducing the Mixolydian Mode", are currently available from Alfred Publishing. He lives in Woodstock, NY with his wife and two children.

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