Bringing Out Your Melody


The melody you play needs to be louder than everything else. It needs to stand out, be the star and we won’t no question as to what the melody is.

It may take you a little while to bring down the volume from other fingers and especially the left hand. Work on getting everything else quiet.

Styling the Chords Around Melody

You can style your chords around what the melody is doing and the feeling of the song. If it’s still, you’ll want to play less notes from the chord, if it’s fast and loud, you can play more notes from the chord.


In written music, a phrase will have a line over it called a slur. If you’re playing from a chord sheet, you’ll just need to create or listen out for these. A phrase is like a musical sentence that has a beginning, middle (often louder part) and end (often quietest part).

Use the idea of phrasing to make parts of your melody louder or softer. Think of building and bringing it back down (in terms of volume or complexity).

Use dynamics, being loud, soft or somewhere in the middle, to help create your phrasing.


Exercise 1:

Practice the simple melody I used in the video (E F G A G) and work on getting the chords (C F/D C/E F C/E) quieter.

Exercise 2:

Play the scale with inversions you did in the inversions lesson to practice phrasing. Practice building and then bringing the volume back down.

Exercise 3:

Use the songs and melodies you’ve played in the past lessons (written or by ear) and really work on bringing out the melody.

Exercise 4:

Use the songs and melodies you’ve played in the past lessons (written or by ear) and really work on phrasing. Find spots to build, get louder, or get softer.

Exercise 5:

Practice styling the chords around the melody. Find a few spots in the songs you’ve been playing to add more notes or take a few away.