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Watch the Embellishing The Melody online guitar lesson by Jason Loughlin from Focus On: Western Swing

Western Swing improvisation is deeply rooted in Dixieland. The melody is king. It's a very common approach to embellish the melody as a solo. We'll learn some common ways to dress up a melody. I'll be covering things like half step approach, passing tones, chromatic connections, rhythmic variation and harmonizing the melody, octave displacement, call and response.