Watch the Embellishing Chord Shapes online guitar lesson by Jason Loughlin from Country Guitar Survival Guide: Rhythm

Now were are going to learn how to add color and interest to our chord shapes. The first way we can embellish a shape is by envisioning a scale over top of our shape. There are three scales you see often in country music- The major scale, major pentatonic and the blues scale. I'll demonstrate how to see what notes are available to you when you are playing a chord. Another way to add embellishment to a chord is by using a half step approach, diatonic approach or chromatic approach. This can work on single notes, double stops or the full chord.