Watch the Back to Basics online guitar lesson by Neil Zaza from 50 Melodic Rock Licks You MUST Know

A great melodic technique is to not only understand the underlying chords, but at times actually use them as a melodic tool. This is one of my favorite techniques to not only solidify the backing chords, but turn them into the melody themselves. The technique is really simple in that it is about arpeggiating (or breaking up) the chord into separate notes. For this example I used the 1, 5 and 3 of the chord, whether it be a major, minor, or inversion, and simply followed the progression up the neck. It’s a very versatile tool that gives melodic results every time. What’s also great is that the arpeggio shape stays the same no matter what kind of chord you apply it to. Get arpeggiating!