Chord Melody Made Easy Wednesdays 6:30 PM ET (May 24 – June 21)



Chord Melody Made Easy

Wednesdays*, 6:30pm – 7:45 pm ET

May 24 – June 21 (via Zoom)

*Class on Wednesday May 31st will be held on Tuesday, May 30th (same time).

All sessions will be recorded & made available immediately following class

Cost: $225  – 5 classes per session

“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.

Questions? email Greg Ruby

What students are saying…
I’ve seen Greg perform at DjangofestNW and taken in person workshops with him there as well.  I can safely say his personality and charm carry over to his online workshops quite well.  That said, his ability to teach has possibly been raised up a notch by this new world of on-line workshops.  I have a feeling that Greg prepares for his workshops now as much as his gigs.
I’ve struggled for years to make sense of how to string together chord melodies and solos.  His approach to this concept is well thought out and finally made a number of pieces fall into place for me.  I’m not quite ready for solo gigs at the local wine bar yet, but based on the improvements I’ve seen using Greg’s approach, it could happen.
-Jon P.
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