Watch the Embellished Melody online guitar lesson by John Stowell from Modern Chord Melody
For the embellished melody of "I Wish", I'm employing a number of musical devices that will appear in other chord melodies throughout this course. Especially when playing my own compositions as solo pieces, my approach to the melodies tends to gradually change into interpretations that are pretty open rhythmically. I'm playing in time for at least a portion of most of these melodies, but I'm also moving in and out of rubato and playing with a pulse without a fixed meter. It can also be enlightening to play original compositions with a variety of other musicians. A piece can become quite different based on the input and interpretaion of your peers.
Looking at my embellished melody, be aware of the following: the use of rubato (as I mentioned earlier), conscious effort to vary the length of the phrases to let the melody "breathe", the use of dynamics (subtle when playing alone but still important), ornamentations such as pull-offs, glissandos, legato and staccato phrasing. All of these devices create variety for the audience and draw them into our performance.