Example Phrase:

G3 G3 M1 G2 R2

When D is the Sa, the phrase can be rewritten as:

F# F# G F E

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D E F# and G notes are part of the first half of the D major scale.

The family of chords of the D major scale: D Em F#m G A Bm C#dim

For the F# note, the D major chord (notes: D F# A) is used

Adding the G note on the 3rd fret 1st string, to play the next note, gives us the Dsus4 chord. we don’t have to know the name of each of the variations… we have a basic chord, plus we add the others to play the melody. the resulting sound be as we want it.


Similarly, instead of F# when F is played in the D chord, we get the Dminor chord: D F A notes.

Leaving the first string open gives us the E note. Effectively a D sus 2 chord.


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Example chord melody

The first line shows the melody

The second shows how one could add the chords to it and play it using fingerstyle chord melody.

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