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Watch the Minor Blues: Technique 3 online guitar lesson by Robbie Calvo from RhythmCraft

In this example I'll be showing you how to add some nice melodic variations to the top voices of your chords. You'll notice how I'm adding the (2) or the (9th) to the top of my Ami7 and Dmi7 chords and then removing that note again to give us a simple melody. If you're feeling adventurous you could also add the C note above the B (2nd) on the Ami7 chord and the (F) above the (E) on the Dmi7 chord.

Instead of playing the F9 and E9 chords I have chosen to play F7 and E7 on the top four strings. I also added the sus4 to those two chords and a move up the fret board to give me an inversion. Watch the video and you will see and hear how cool this sounds. You'll get the chance to jam over the track with me playing just the spreads so that you can try out these new chord melody ideas.

Remember that nothing is written in stone when it comes to music and musical expression if it sounds good, it is good.