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How To Make A Melody Sound Beautiful On Guitar

In this lesson, I show you how to convert a typical melody you might play on your guitar into something that sounds beautiful, almost magical.

This will be achieved by adding one simple ingredient to the melodies you play.

What is this ingredient I speak of?

It’s open strings!

Yes, open strings, but not like you’ve heard them before.

What you are about to see is an excerpt from a masterclass I provided for my online students.

In it, I show you how to take a melody and convert it into something that sounds so much better with the use of droning open strings against the sound of fretted notes.

In addition, I show you a very simple way to take your open string melodies and create full arrangements of them on one guitar.

Watch the video tutorial below to learn more:

Danny Boy Melody: Fretted Version

The following is an excerpt from the melody of Danny Boy:

OpenStringMelodyDannyBoyFretted.png

Danny Boy Melody Conversion  

Here are the first 4 bars being converted to the open string sound:

OpenStringMelodyDannyBoyConversion1.png

Danny Boy Melody: Open String Version

Here is Danny Boy open string melody excerpt: (bars 1 - 4)

OpenStringMelodyDannyBoyOpen1.png

Danny Boy Melody Conversion

Here are the next 4 bars being converted to the open string sound:

OpenStringMelodyDannyBoyConversion2.png

Danny Boy Melody: Open String Version

Here is Danny Boy open string melody excerpt: (bars 5 - 8)

OpenStringMelodyDannyBoyOpen2.png

Danny Boy Melody Conversion

Here are bars 9 - 12 of Danny Boy being converted to the open string sound:

Open-String-Melody-Danny-Boy-Conversion-1.png

Danny Boy Melody: Open String Version

Here is Danny Boy open string melody excerpt: (bars 9 - 12)

OpenStringMelodyDannyBoyOpen3.png

Danny Boy Melody Conversion

Here are bars 13 - 16 of Danny Boy being converted to the open string sound:

OpenStringMelodyDannyBoyConversion3.png

Danny Boy Melody: Open String Versio

Here is Danny Boy open string melody excerpt: (bars 13 - 16)

OpenStringMelodyDannyBoyOpen4.png

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About The Author:

With 20 plus years of teaching experience and expertise, Simon Candy specialises in all things acoustic guitar through styles such as jazz, blues, rock and fingerpicking. As well as teaching locally in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia, Simon also teaches and trains many people from around the world how to play acoustic guitar