Watch the Melody in the Top Voice online guitar lesson by Christie Leneé from Creative Fingerstyle Guitar for Songwriters

Now let's look at a more conventional approach to melody and harmony. In this video, we'll take a melody in the top register to start with and supplement it using drones in the bass as well as some harmony options in the bass as well. Drones are a great way to start exploring a new tuning and an excellent way to take advantage of an open tuning like DADGAD. Thinking about your compositions from a melodic perspective can often be more productive than simply thinking about chord changes or progressions. Start with a melody and then use your ear to experiment with accompaniment.