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

Embellished Melody Breakdown - Some techniques that I have acquired will help you in your execution of this (or any other) chord melody. I will often isolate the top note of a chord and let that note sustain and create a smooth transition from one fingering to the next. I will also use a note in the bass in the same way, or utilize it as a pedal point when applicable.
This melody contains many voicings with open strings and care should be taken with the right hand to achieve a balanced sound. In my case, I employ a combination of pick and three fingers; classical right hand technique with nails can also be used in a jazz context to execute chord melodies. When learning any new chord or chord melody arrangement, make the connection between the name of the chord and the location of the intervals. For example, in "I Wish", the first chord is a Bm#5. The open G string played in the chord is the #5 interval. A broader application here could be the use of the open G in other combinations with various B minor chords.