Playing Chords and Melody Simultaneously Part II

We now know our G major chord in a number of spots on the fingerboard.Let’s use this knowledge to play some melodies. I have decided that the old hymn “I’ll Fly Away” is a good melody to demonstrate how to use chords to play a melody.B         G        D      G        B            B     B     C   B
Some Glad Morning When this Life is Over.-9———-0———-9—9—9–10–9—
-8—–8— 0—-8—–8—8—8——8—-
-7—–7—-0—-7—-7—7—7——-7—
——–9———-9————————-
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That’s the first part of “I’ll Fly Away” played entirely using G major Chords. The only one we don’t play as a chord is the C. However, you could simply play the chord proceeding that note and add a C note instead of a B.

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I am a full-time banjo and acoustic guitar teacher, performer and composer. I have performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall, The Grand Ole Opry and The Ryman Auditorium. My interests include developing educational materials for the advancing banjoist and composing Original Music mixing my background in Bluegrass, Jazz, Classical and Latin Music.

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