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  • #23965
    marcgmarcg
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    Hello Everyone,

    I was hoping to get some help writing some chord melodies. I’ve been trying to challenge myself but I could use some help. I’m trying to figure out my own solo arrangement for song Shiki No Uta. I feel really confident when it comes to feeling out the melody to this song but I am having trouble figuring out chords and chord melodies. ANY chord melody resources would be greatly appreciated!

    Original Song:

    I have been relying on two sources to help me. First was James Hill’s Chord-melody crash course where he emphasized the importance of having the melody note as the highest note in the chord. Second I have been listening to a series of lessons by Barney Kessel on building chord melodies.

    James Hill’s Chord-melody crash course:

    Barney Kessel Chord Melody:

    At this point I think I am doing it the most inefficient way possible and just testing a bunch of common chord shapes where the melody note is on the A string or chords where I can easily do extensions.

    Aldrine does a really pretty version of this song.

    However, I really want something with less single notes, more up beat, and rhythmic. This video below of someone playing the song on their guitar is REALLY close to how I want to play the song. At this point I think I am going to experiment using octaves, major and minor 3rds, 6ths, and triads. It has been a while since I have played guitar but does anyone have an idea of what type of chords this person is playing. Is there a chord pattern I am not seeing/hearing? I’m sure it’s not as simple as, “He’s playing triads with a few chord extensions,” but you never know…

    Amazing version!

    BONUS:
    Here are two other songs I really want to play on ukulele by the same person!

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    #23967
    marcgmarcg
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    BATTLE PLAN:

    After looking over the TLL Podcasts on chord melody I’m going to try to figure out the chord progression and see where the melody notes are. Then I’ll due any necessary chord inversions so that the melody note is on the A string. Then I’m going to try substituting octaves, major/minor thirds, 6ths, and triads to make the song more dynamic. For simplicity I think I’ll try to work of the guitar cover I posted earlier. The biggest hurdle right now figuring out the key and chord progression. I know I can probably figure it out from the melody but it feels super tempting to just look at guitar tabs and adjust the key. xD

    #23968
    kahai
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    Hey Marc,

    I think I figured out the first few chords, and the key of the Shiki No Uta Guitar cover you posted, but I don’t know if you want to try figuring them out for yourself. After all, figuring that stuff out is how you get better at music. If you want me to tell you, I’d be happy to do it, but if you want to try to figure it out, and see if we got the same thing, that might actually be better for you. I can also drop some hints if you want help, but don’t necessarily want the answer. Just let me know. It’s cool that you’re trying out arranging things. It’s easy and fast when other people post lessons on how to play songs, but I really do think you become a better musician when you try to figure things out for yourself. Good Luck!

    Aloha,
    -Kahai

    #23969
    marcgmarcg
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    Hey Kahai!

    I think it is in the key of D# and the first chord I have is aD#min7. But I can’t figure much else out at the moment… I’ll keep trying!

    #23970
    kahai
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    Hey Marc,

    that’s pretty close to what I got. I figured out the first chord on guitar, and it seems to be like a Ebm9, so pretty much a D#m7, but replacing the C with an F note. For the key, you might want to try a Bb minor, or Db Major.

    Aloha,
    -Kahai

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