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Andrew Wasson of Creative Guitar Studio answers a viewers question...
Q: I like instrumental rock and metal guitar the best with guitarists like; Paul Gilbert, Tony MacAlpine and Greg Howe ranking among my favorites. I'm no-place near the level of these guys, but I do enjoy writing this music. My problem is, I write melodies first & I can't get the chords that go in the background. Could you consider making a video around this topic of, "Matching Melodies to Chords."
Brian -- Vancouver, CANADA
A: When melodies are composed before chord progressions during songwriting, there are ways through theory and ways through trial and error that can come together to help musicians compose a set of chord changes that can be performed behind the pre-established melody. To do this sort of thing quickly, you'll need some back-ground knowledge in music theory, combined with experience from learning the harmonies found in other songs. Keep in mind that being able to draw from your experiences, (learning other people's songs), is paramount in order to have the complete set of skills required to be able to quickly target chords that sound good behind your pre-established melody. Have a look at some examples I've created for this lesson. They outline a number of key points that should help you in your quest for, "Matching Melodies to Chords."
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