An advanced discussion on improving chord melody, voice leading and reharmonization skills.

In this class, Sheryl and John use “Embraceable You” to demonstrate the use of open string voicings, chord melody and voice leading in accompaniment and soloing. Also referenced are diminished chords interpreted as altered dominant chords and importance of melody to create context for improvisation.

Sub-topic 1 Use of open string voicings
Sub-topic 2 Using chord melody arrangements as a context to develop voice leading
Sub-topic 3 The importance of original sheet music to discover harmonic variations.


  • Chord Melody
  • Chord Voicings
  • Comping
  • Harmony
  • Standards

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Strategies for Chord Melody, Voice Leading and Comping, Part 2 00:50:00

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