Miniseries #002, Playing By Ear VI

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Miniseries #002, Playing By Ear VI

If you want to experiment with finding the melody notes, move your way higher up the neck. This will give you a nice variation from playing the lower melody. A good thing to remember about playing "up the neck", is that you will probably be starting out in the 2nd string postion, unlike the open, or 3rd string position played lower. Again I'd like to mention that the melody notes will "likely" come from the basic positions and their relative minors.

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