How to Combine Rhythm guitar with lead guitar fills and melodies


This is also known as chord melody. You play a melody along with the chord you are playing. You can have an entire instrumental tune out of chord melody. Its a very interesting topic. Just by the way you (voice) your chords can be a way to create a melodic chord progression with just one guitar.

One thing you have to know is your fretboard. Another is your scales. A third objective is to know the closest scale to that particular chord on the fretboard. You don’t want to reach across the fretboard to the 15th fret and then come back and play on open C major chord on the 3rd fret of the neck. You can but its much easier and more coherent if you stick around the neighborhood. In this case your neighborhood is the surrounding or nearby frets.

In this lesson thats exactly what Ive put in the pdf. Ive put the chords in the key of C Major and the closest possible scale relevant to that chord. Its always going to be the same scale of the progression. In other words, you will always use the C major scale with a C Major chord progression. A Minor is the same exact scale as C Major only you are starting from A minor. Every Major scale has a relative minor starting from the 6th note of that scale. A being the 6th note in the scale of C Major. C D E F G A…


How to use the following pdf:

You can have chord melodies, fills, ornaments all by knowing your scales and which chords they correspond to and vice versa.

Try going slow and working on 1 simple chord and scale.

Next, try using that same scale (essentially they are all the same scale it just starts from different notes of the scale (aka the modes) ) with 2 – 4 chords.

Once you get a grasp of doing this with a few chords you can start branching out into the different modes of the scale. I would caution you on this if you are just starting out because your melodies and chord fills can get quite complex. If thats what you’re going for then no problem but if not then start off with a note or 2 and add it to your strumming pattern.

A good place to start is 60 bpm (beats per minute)

Ultimately, the more you know your fretboard the better you will sound and the better your chord melodies will be.

Start small, persevere and come back to it just like if you were painting a huge masterpiece on a huge canvas. Only your canvas now is thin air. Paint the air with sound. Choose your notes carefully. Use a metronome.

Dont give up.


C Am C Fmaj7#4 C G C


Chords and Their Corresponding Scales