Chord Melody: Let It Be

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What You'll Need For This Exercise...

All you’ll need is a browser open to the interactive guitar tab.

How to Complete This Exercise...

This exercise is really about developing your understanding of how melody and harmony work together.  If you fully understand this, then you’ll be able to play chord melody – simultaneous chords and melody.

  1. Start by reading the tab.  This example is in the key of A major (but the original track by the Beatles is in C major).
  2. Once you can play the tab correctly (ideally from memory), try to identify the scale degrees of each of the single notes (are they 5ths, 3rds, etc…?).
  3. Notice that sometimes a note takes on a different “personality” after the chord changes.  For example, the second note in the first measure (E or the 5th fret on the 2nd string) is the 5th of the chord in measure 1, while the same note becomes the root of the chord in measure 2.

 

Continuing to Improve...

If you have questions or need help analyzing this, feel free to reach out to me!  This is challenging intellectually and technically.  So, take it in small steps and work through it methodically.