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Watch the Building on a Melody online guitar lesson by Rich Maloof from Guitar 201: Breakthroughs

Here we are playing a little fragment of a melody, like the kind of melodic statement you might hear in a chorus or at the top of a song. This one is very strongly built on chord tones, so we're still in familiar territory. Then we expand the melodic idea in little phrases, using only notes that are either from the melody or from chord tones — safe choices all, because we know those notes will work.