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Ukute
12-31-2015, 12:01 PM
Quick question after reading some tab.

To make a melody more `strummy', could I swap a pluck of an open c string for a c major chord?

Thanks in advance!

Gary52
12-31-2015, 01:54 PM
In some cases it may work, but it may not sound right for at least 2 reasons:

1. When a chord is strummed, the most prominent note is the highest note in the chord. In the case of C, that's the high C on the first string rather than the lower C on the open third string. It would probably sound an octave high.
2. The chord that goes with that part of the song may not be C. Other chords, such as F, include the note C.

What you're suggesting doing is something like "chord melody." When playing chord melody, often only part of a chord will be strummed so that the highest note played is the melody note.

zztush
12-31-2015, 02:11 PM
Gary gives a good explanation for it. There is also a very good YouTube video about this by Petey. It explains the relationship about melody and chord in chord melody.
Petey's Tutorial How to Create Ukulele Chord Solos (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBQwCkYwbm0&list=PLC43YjOJWnrFfZdLbYvT_KojwWzx3UBSA&index=7)

Ukute
01-01-2016, 12:16 AM
In some cases it may work, but it may not sound right for at least 2 reasons:

1. When a chord is strummed, the most prominent note is the highest note in the chord. In the case of C, that's the high C on the first string rather than the lower C on the open third string. It would probably sound an octave high.
2. The chord that goes with that part of the song may not be C. Other chords, such as F, include the note C.

What you're suggesting doing is something like "chord melody." When playing chord melody, often only part of a chord will be strummed so that the highest note played is the melody note.

Do you mean highest physically? So it would depend whether it was an up or down strum? Or highest pitch?

Thanks for such a thorough response!

Ukute
01-01-2016, 12:17 AM
Gary gives a good explanation for it. There is also a very good YouTube video about this by Petey. It explains the relationship about melody and chord in chord melody.
Petey's Tutorial How to Create Ukulele Chord Solos (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBQwCkYwbm0&list=PLC43YjOJWnrFfZdLbYvT_KojwWzx3UBSA&index=7)

Thanks! I'll be sure to watch this later today!

Gary52
01-01-2016, 06:11 AM
Do you mean highest physically? So it would depend whether it was an up or down strum? Or highest pitch?

Thanks for such a thorough response!

The note with the highest pitch.

rappsy
01-01-2016, 06:15 AM
In some cases it may work, but it may not sound right for at least 2 reasons:

1. When a chord is strummed, the most prominent note is the highest note in the chord. In the case of C, that's the high C on the first string rather than the lower C on the open third string. It would probably sound an octave high.
2. The chord that goes with that part of the song may not be C. Other chords, such as F, include the note C.

What you're suggesting doing is something like "chord melody." When playing chord melody, often only part of a chord will be strummed so that the highest note played is the melody note.

This was a fantastic explanation. One of the most concise and thorough ones I have read. Thank you.

Ukute
01-02-2016, 11:07 AM
May I ask, how can you work out what key a melody is in? For example this one:

http://www.mintmusic.co.uk/2015/06/verse-1-when-i-need-motivation-ab-gb-ab.html

(Its piano, but I made a finger picking uke tab for it)

If I wanted to throw in a few chord strums from https://ukutabs.com/o/omi/cheerleader/
which transpose number would I need it on? Does it matter?