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Recently, I read in a book about how we can add and subtract notes from a chord to create a melody. For example the C chord. Releasing and hammering on the 2nd fret 3rd string changes the chord sound and creates a kind of melody. This seem especially true when we do it with the higher strings. My question is, when we release the string it is no longer a C chord, so why is that ok to do that? And can we, for example, take our pinky and hit notes outside the chord to create a melody? If so, when is it ok and when is it not ok?


The additional notes you are referring to are called a *color tones* . If for example you are playing a C chord the notes that make up a C chord are C, E & G any other notes from the C scale that you add to the C chord from the C scale e.g., C scale = C D E F G A B C 

C chord = C E G

C scale = C D E F G A B C 

Color tones = D F A B these are the notes that are in the C scale that can be added into the C chord for *color* of flavour

another way of describing this concept would be to think of a chord as being a *cup of coffee* you can add milk, cream, sugar etc., to that coffee for flavour this is what you are doing when you add in the color tones.

If you add the color tones on the higher strings you will create different chord textures e.g C2, C4, C6 etc., if you add color tones on the low strings of a chord you will create *slash* chords e.g., C/B, C/F, C/A etc.



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