Recently I was back searching around on my favorite guitar site of all – www.youtube.com! and I came across some videos that were doing something quite different from most others kinds of standard guitar lessons. This instructor was teaching how to play all the typical beginner guitar songs but not just with strumming… he was including the melody links intertwined with the chords.
This has 2 distinct advantages over purely strumming chords
#1 – It makes the song instantly recognizable to whomever is listening to you
There has always existed a fundamental problem with playing songs on guitar for beginners. Most learn to simply strum through songs but with this technique unless your audience specifically knows the song you are trying to play very often the chords are meaningless and no one recognizes the tune. Why? Because the melody part is missing, that’s why.
As soon as you and in even just a hint of the signature melody line (it doesn’t even have to be accurate) the human ear will immediately make the connection and link it to the original song. This leads me directly into advantage number two.
#2 – It’s far more gratifying and enjoyable to play guitar
When you throw together all the basic parts of song – the vocal line, the chords/harmony and the bass line together, you feel as though you are playing something which is genuinely musical. It’s like you’re finally playing guitar as musicians do. People will ask you to play for them more, you’ll enjoy playing guitar more in general, you’ll produce a much nicer style of guitar to listen to and you’ll come across as a much better musician too.
Not bad right?
That’s why I’m recommending these latest lessons. If your technical ability on guitar is up to it then definitely give them a go. You may find that they change your approach to guitar forever and you’ll never again be satisfied by purely strumming along to songs around the campfire anymore!