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Watch the Rainy Day 1a online guitar lesson by Robert Conti from Jazz Master

On many occasions, you may see the same chord over two or more notes and many times the same chord will conveniently contain two successive melody notes on adjoining strings. It is certainly not necessary to play the chord each time, as that can become monotonous. In those instances, simply play the full chord on the first note, and then play the following melody notes while allowing the chord to continue sounding. In some instances you will see partial chord forms that end on the third string to accommodate lower notes in the melody line, they are correct. Occasionally, you will see chords that utilize an open string for additional tone or effect and you will see different fingerings for the same chord form - these are intentional to utilize the best fingering for the upcoming chord.