Make Your Playing More Melodic
Improve Your Melodic Imagination with 11 Masterful Melodies
This might be a confronting question:
How many melodies can you play right now?
Something that you might find yourself humming or whistling in the shower.
To make this even trickier: how many melodies can you play that weren’t written for guitar?
When my teacher asked me this, I was stumped. I realised that so much of what I’ve learned was guitar-focused. Riffs, licks, solos, chord progressions… A lot of very cool, but typical guitar stuff. (In music theory terms: a lot of minor pentatonic stuff.)
But of course, you don’t need to limit yourself to what seems comfortable or logical on the fretboard. You can play anything you like on a guitar.
And so I started looking for learning beautiful melodies to learn, anywhere I could find them. In classical music, jazz, video games, film scores, pop songs…
This really helped me see how I could play whatever I wanted. It helped me break away from the typical guitar ‘boxes’ on the fretboard, that we often fall into. What’s more, I started to absorb all the melodic fragments all those tunes were made up of, which slowly but surely came through in my playing. It made me a more melodic player.
This course will help you do the same. You’ll learn 11 melodies by ear. I chose them for very specific reasons:
- These melodies are played on violins, cello’s, piano, voice, horns… Anything but guitar.
- The melodies are different from the typical guitar-lines we like to play, opening up your mind to the possibilities of the fretboard.
- You will expand your melodic vocabulary with some of the greatest melodies every written.
- The songs are from a range of genres: classical music, modern jazz, film scores, 90s pop songs and catchy jazz tunes from the 50s.
- All the tunes are either super catchy or simply beautiful melodies.
Of course, you’ll learn all of these songs by ear, using the interactive TAB system you might know from my other ear training courses:
In short, the course is a really fun way of making your playing more melodic.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some questions you might have! Any other questions? Feel free to email me at any time at just(at)stringkick.com
What composers or artists are the melodies by?
The course features melodies composed or performed by Johannes Brahms, Maurice Ravel, Chet Baker, Norah Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Wheatus, Sonny Rollins, Jaga Jazzist, Esbjörn Svensson Trio, Michael Andrews and Erik Satie.
What format is the course in?
The course consists of 11 melody lessons. On each lesson, you can listen to the song and fill out what you think the right notes are in the tab. I made sure that you can keep track of where you are automatically, so you can jump in wherever you left off. There’s even a fancy percentage bar.
What if I don’t like the membership?
Simple: if you decide the membership is not for you, you’ll get a full refund within 30 days. No matter the reason.
How do I figure out a song by ear?
I’ve written an in-depth, step-by-step guide on how to learn songs by ear. Check it out here! If you have any specific questions, leave a comment on that page or email me: just(at)stringkick.com.
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Feel free to email me at just(at)stringkick.com if you have any questions!