Watch the Sophisticated Arrangements online guitar lesson by Frank Vignola from 1-2-3 Jazz Chord Melody
I've recorded these three bonus videos of the songs we've been working on in this course. They're a little more sophisticated chord melody arrangements, and they’re for inspiration, to show you where we're heading from here. Of course, you have to have a foundation. That's what this course is all about, you learn a chord vocabulary, you learn how to associate it with melodies, you learn options for creativity, and then you take it to the next level by adding rhythmic variations, more chord types, some jazzy riffs. You're not expected to learn these chord melody arrangements, although the tab and notation is included, so feel free to cop a riff or a chord here and there, just like I did with the classic melt masters like Joe Pass and Herb Ellis - I stole a lot of stuff from them. They're the masters and innovators of chord melody. But it's so important that you have the good, solid foundation that I've provided in this course, before you move on to more sophisticated arrangements.
The arrangements that I've provided in the course do sound a little straight, but it's the foundation. From here, we take it to the next level, that's what these videos are all about, getting you used to hearing that. You'll see I use a lot of the chord vocabulary we use in the course but alter it maybe a little bit rhythmically or maybe I added a little more single notes instead of chords in a section. These are all techniques we went over in the course that I'm applying to more sophisticated arrangements. So listen to the masters of chord melody: Joe Pass, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, all of the masters. Cop some riffs from them, cop some riffs from here, and learn more songs. The more songs you learn, the easier it is to play chord melody.