Watch the Breakdown 1 online guitar lesson by John Stowell from Modern Chord Melody

I Wish Breakdown 1 - Here are some details worth noting in the melody as written: a number of chords used here employ open strings, in some cases in combination with close intervals of a fretted note (major or minor 2nd). The right hand is critical here; I use a combination of pick and three fingers to achieve a balance between the notes in my chords, at the same time making sure that the melody is the prominent voice in the chord. I will also use the flesh of my middle finger to play some individual notes. That technique evolved accidentally over time and I found myself enjoying the warmth of the sound. The trick with using pick and fingers together is in learning to achieve the proper balance. As an exercise, try playing familiar 4 note chords and use the pick and remaining three fingers to get everything working. The transposed melody is played on a guitar tuned down a major 3rd, from C to C with the relative pitches retained. This is an embellished version of the melody. Note the rubato sections, accelerandos and deccelarandos, use of vibrato and slight string bends.