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Introduction to Chord Melody

In this lesson I explain what chord melody technique is and how it will enrich both your soloing and your accompanying. I also teach you the first step to building a complete chord melody technique on the guitar.

Join my chord melody online training in September, 2019!

This coming Saturday, September 14th, 2019 we are beginning our 12-week IFR Chord Melody Workshop! There are still a few places left and I hope you'll join us!

Here's what you'll learn:

  • How to arrange any song in chord melody style for totally unaccompanied solo guitar
  • How to IMPROVISE with complete freedom in chord melody style!
  • How to see chords all around you when you are soloing so that you can add them to your solo
  • How to use chord melody as an incredible tool for learning about harmony and ear training

Open to everyone - Beginners welcome!

You do not need to be an expert in the IFR method or have any experience at all with chord melody guitar. If you know how to play just one major scale on your guitar (and I'll teach you if you don't), then you already have everything you need to start playing the guitar in chord melody style, which will accelerate every aspect of your guitar playing and your musical ability.

If you'd like to get a head start on the course material, here is a fantastic preparatory exercise.

What this course includes:


Every week you'll get a video lesson teaching you how to build the next level of your chord melody practice. The exercises are designed so that we'll all be going through the process together. If you're a beginner to chord melody, you can practice the techniques using very simple harmonic material that you're going to really enjoy making music with. If you're more advanced then we can expand on these techniques and apply them to more sophisticated harmonic material. But we'll all be going through the course together, supporting each other every step of the way.


The second element of the course are weekly projects and creative exercises to work on. These are optional, so if you're not able to practice one week you can still keep right on going with the course. But these creative exercises give you the opportunity to get my personal feedback and help with your playing, because you can record yourself with your cell phone camera and share these recordings with me directly. You can send me these videos privately if you don't want anyone else to see them. Or you can also share them with the entire group so that you can also get feedback and ideas from other guitarists in the course.


The third element in the course is a private Facebook Group where the entire community can share ideas, ask questions and even upload recordings of our practicing. This is a great opportunity for you to make friends with other IFR guitarists, some of whom I've been working with for years. I think it's going to be a lot of fun and my hope is that you'll make connections that will be a great source of help and encouragement.


As part of this course, you're going to learn a complete chord melody arrangement of a song that YOU are going to choose. This alone will be an incredible learning experience for you because you'll get to understand all of the issues involved in recognizing which kinds of songs can really work for solo guitar, how to break down the song harmonically, how to develop the foundational abilities that you'll need, how to create an arrangement that will be musically powerful and also fun to play, and finally how to really bring out the beauty of the music in your interpretation and performance. The result is that you'll come away from this course with a complete chord melody arrangement that you've created yourself and that you can perform for other people.

Pricing and scheduling

  • Begins next Saturday, September 14, 2019. (You don't have to be available on Saturday. You can watch the video lessons anytime and participate during the week.)
  • 12-week course running through the middle of December.
  • Total cost = $300
  • Includes the 12 weekly lesson videos, unlimited support and personal feedback, plus your own original chord melody arrangement

Just send me an e-mail at david@improviseforreal.com to reserve your place!

Thank you,