Watch the Melody Notes Outside the Scale online guitar lesson by Frank Vignola from 1-2-3 Jazz Chord Melody

Creative option number 3 has to deal with notes you may find that are outside of the scale. For example, in measures 9 and 10 of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame", you'll notice the prevailing chord is A7, the first melody note is an A and the second melody note if a G#, that is outside of the scale. So what do you do? You simply play a single note. Let me give you an example.

Once again, measure 9 is an Adom7, the first melody note of the measure is an A. Go to your chord vocabulary and you'll find an A7 with an A on top. The next note is G#, so all we'll do is play the single note. In the 10th measure you'll notice the prevailing chord is an A7, and the melody note is an E. The second note is an F natural, that's outside of the scale. So we play a single note.

It's a very simple and acceptable way to deal with notes outside of the scale, and it sounds good. Another way to approach it is to simply move the chord back. So you can either use the single note or move the whole chord back. In measure 10, instead of the single note, you can see how that note sounds by just playing that note with the existing chord you're playing. Creative options, making chord melodies your own, that's what this segment is about.

A quick review: If you have come across a melody note that is outside the scale, you can play it as a single note, or move the chord and add the note to the chord you're playing. Both are good options! Now, let's go on to option number 4.