Your Melodies are Going to EXPLODE!

If you'd like to get your melodic ideas to sound a lot bigger (so they really ring out strong, bold and loud), then this guitar lesson will have some excellent techniques that you can start using right away!
...Techniques to help get your melody lines, riffs, (and especially your guitar solos) to really stand out a whole lot more... 

In this lesson, we'll study a couple of methods that can work very effectively for helping make any single-note melodic idea sound like its exploding out of your music with twice the musical impact.


Our first melody enhancing idea is the easiest one to bring into your songwriting and performance. This technique involves taking a melody line and doubling it either on another instrument or by switching to another tone setting on your guitar.

This method is incredibly easy to do, and it can be done using the same guitar, or by switching guitars. For instance, you play the melody line on an electric then the line could be also doubled on acoustic.

Let’s begin by experimenting with this technique using a pre-established melodic idea. We'll start by playing the melody at first only using one guitar. Here’s what the primary example melody, (that I’ve come up with for the lesson here), sounds like on its own played using just one guitar.


You can tell that this melody line is pretty thin sounding when played by itself. So, next, let’s play this line with a backing track chord progression performed in behind it covering the underlying chord harmony.

The key center of this line is in the key of “E Minor,” and so our chord changes will be pulling chords from out of the key center. Here are those chord changes...


Now that we’ve established a primary melody and we have a good backing track, we can begin some work on enhancing the melody line so that it can begin getting a stronger foot-print in our music.

This is really important because in the end, these performance enhancements that we make will help our melody part stand out a lot better when we’re playing it live, or when we get to start recording our melodies in the studio.

To help you understand these layered two-part guitar effects, we'll begin by hearing what our part would sound like if it were doubled by playing all of the same tones in unison and in a different area of the neck along with changing the guitar’s pick-up selector switch over to another pick-up setting. Then, I’ll play the unison part again but, I’ll switch guitars and play the part on my acoustic.

Watch the Video to Hear This Effect in Action

As you can tell the part takes on a new life and has a lot more impact when the melody line gets doubled. And, this can work very nicely whether you’re working out the part on an electric guitar or on an acoustic guitar.

Next we’re really going to take all of this up to a whole other level, by adding a secondary melodic harmony to the original part. If you’re unsure of what a secondary harmonized melody line is, just think of this as playing a series of diatonic notes from the same key but played on notes that are out by way of a chord tone interval.

The most popular interval is taking a melody and doubling it using diatonic thirds. That means, we’ll use another guitar to play additional scale tones alongside our original ones. But, the added tones will be performed by way of a third interval in the key...


If our original melody line went “E, G, A, B,”

Our doubled harmonized part (played simultaneously on the second guitar) would go, “G, B, C, D.”

When both renditions of a two-part melody line get performed at the same time, the result sounds absolutely excellent in a song. If you're in any way unclear as to how this sounds, then you have got to hear this. I’m going to play it right now for you so you can check it out for yourself.

Watch the Video to Hear This Effect in Action

Learn about these techniques and get to know and understand the different ways for how to go about performing melody lines. The end result is well worth it, because you gain a bigger more boosted (higher quality of sound), from your melody parts.


The techniques I've covered here will provide your live shows and your studio recordings with a lot more expansive dynamic range. In the end, the result will be an overall more impactful quality of sound from your melodies.

In this lesson, I’ve shown you a couple of techniques that you can use to achieve this effect. If you start testing these techniques in your music and you begin building upon them in the songs you’re performing, I think you’ll really enjoy the results that you end up with in your music.

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