Watch the Breakdown 3 online guitar lesson by John Stowell from Modern Chord Melody

I Wish Breakdown 3 - Expanding on my earlier remarks regarding the use of open strings in my melodies, the sustain and chime-like sound of an open string (sometimes combined with fretted notes) works best on slower tunes with some space in the chord progression. Over time you will find your right hand adjusting to create the appropriate balance in the different notes of a chord; with practice you will be able to make the notes played with a pick and those plucked with your fingers sound even and balanced.