Chord Melody Made Easy Thursdays 7:30 PM EST (Nov 10 – Dec 15)



Chord Melody Made Easy

Thursdays, 7:30pm – 8:45 pm EST

Nov. 10 – Dec. 15* (via Zoom)

All sessions will be recorded & made available immediately following class

Cost: $220 5 classes per session. *no classes week of Thanksgiving

“Chord Melody” is the art and science of simultaneously playing chords and melody on the guitar – a practice that can be utilized in almost any genre. This class will set a solid foundation through expanding your understanding of chords and their inversions. Using a simple, concise method, we will unlock the fretboard while applying the techniques directly to repertoire.

Topics covered will be:

  • Decoding jazz chord names with an immediate application to the fretboard
  • How to create chord inversions
  • Chord scales
  • Single string melody playing
  • Chord soloing
  • Passing chords
  • Tremolo
  • Mapping the fretboard – learning all the notes on the fretboard through a simple formula that over time will free you from the habitual shapes and patterns
  • Practice routines

All handouts will be in standard notation, tablature and chord diagrams so note reading is not required. Mp3 and video examples will made available. Open to all levels but recommended for intermediate guitar players.

Questions? email Greg Ruby

What students are saying…
As a teacher by trade (college chemistry), I understand what is required for a teacher to be successful. I have taken Greg’s classes both at a week-long summer music camp and online. Based on this experience I can state that Greg is a very successful teacher. That is, I learned from his classes. And the learning has stuck. How does he do it? Greg is highly organized. He creates lessons that fit the class time. He is articulate – both in presentation and in answering questions. In a series of lessons, the information and techniques build on earlier lessons. Learning is not forgotten. His lessons have a good balance of us (students) listening to Greg describe what we need to know and us (students) doing it (or trying to). He is sensitive to students’ appreciation/disdain for “theory”. It is not an emphasis in his lessons, but if you ask, he’ll explain clearly and concisely. Finally, whatever Greg is teaching is taught in the context of songs/melodies. While you learn to play more articulately and interestingly, you are also learning songs!
-Steve W.

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