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Watch the Melody: The Edge online guitar lesson by Matthieu Brandt from Songwriting on Guitar

In a previous chapter about mixed mode we looked at ways to toughen up a chord progression by using chords from the minor scale with the same tonic as the original major scale. Depending on the chosen melody notes you can obscure this edgyness or stress it. This rawness stems from the use of elements derived from blues. Knowing how to steer the feel of your song by using these types of melodies to set the mood of a song section, is a very important tool for any songwriter.