Watch the Melody Notes Outside the Range online guitar lesson by Frank Vignola from 1-2-3 Jazz Chord Melody
In creative option 5 we'll learn what to do with notes that fall outside of the range of chords we've discussed in the chord vocabulary. Sometimes melodies will fall outside of the range. We've discussed chords on the first and second strings, but what if the melody note falls below the low B note? For instance in one of the songs we'll be working on called Ain't She Sweet, in the key of A, the very last chord is an A note. So you can do one of two things, you can play a single note or find an Amaj chord with that A on top, for instance the A power chord.
So if we look at the last few measures of Ain't She Sweet, we'll notice there's a B7 with a C#, if you go to your chord vocabulary you'll get this chord. The next chord is a B in the melody and the prevailing chord is an E7. So B7 with a C#, E7 with a B, and then an A note (either single or find the chord). Once again, B7 with a C#, E7 with a B, and then an A chord with an A.