Chord Melody Beyond Top Note

Master the Top-Note Approach and Beyond!

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Look beyond top note chord melodies with this course!

"Thanks for the course, there is a whole ton of really good information and stuff that is helping me with my own chord melodies - which for me is the most interesting thing about jazz guitar. I really enjoy Marc's courses and his style of teaching is so laid back.He makes things fun (something to do with the smile on his face in every lesson). Reminds me that playing guitar should be fun, and not a chore."

-Stefan M., UK

Avoid Being Stuck in Lead or Rhythm Mentality - Develop Your Chord Melody Style

Beyond Top Notes is a follow up course to Chord Melody Crash Course where we will build on familiar techniques and concepts, as well as introduce new ones.

BTN is all about giving you that freedom and fluidity while playing on tunes and progressions, rather than merely showing you “chord melody licks” to memorize. This course focuses on texture, sound and technique in order to help you develop style out of the basic top note chord melody approach.


As the 2nd course in the acclaimed Chord Melody series, you'll focus on elements of jazz guitar chord melody that really make the music you're making sound musical. These include subtle considerations such as musical texture, different rhythmic devices, chord vs. melody placement, and parallel harmonization.

Many of these aspects of musical arrangement are often seen as "too subtle to teach effectively," or even worse, as sideshows to the main event of top note chord melody playing. However, after learning the top note approach to chord melody in our Crash Course, mastering the elements beyond top notes will bring you one step closer to making beautiful chord melody masterpieces!

Expanding on Chord Melody Crash Course

This course gives students a completely different approach to their solo guitar playing. Emphasizing the world “beyond the top note” (such as counterpoint, shells, guide-tones, playing/articulating the chords before/after the attack, etc.), everything you learned previously in Crash Course will be taken to the next level.

Designed to Train Students to Achieve the Next Level In Chord Melody

After completing all course modules, you will be tested on all you’ve learned with a final assignment: arranging your own chord melody on a jazz standard-style melody composed specifically for this course. This is a great opportunity to see first-hand how to workshop musical decisions using the vocabulary you’ve learned.

Your Instructor

Marc-Andre Seguin
Marc-Andre Seguin

Marc-Andre Seguin is the webmaster, mastermind and teacher on, the #1 online resource for learning how to play jazz guitar.

He draws from his experience both as a professional jazz guitarist and professional jazz teacher to help thousands of people from all around the world learn the craft of jazz guitar.

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Course Curriculum

  Chord Melody: Beyond Top Notes - Backing Tracks
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  SECTION 0 - Intro / How To Use This Course
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  SECTION 7 - Wrap=Up
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  SECTION 8 - BONUS: Advanced Comping Techniques for Chord Melody
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If you've made an honest effort to use the materials in this product during 4 weeks and you're not satisfied and/or did not see any improvements in your playing, then we'll give you a 100% refund.

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"Thank you for the course. I am a real beginner but your teaching style is great for me. Love your PDFs as well. really makes it simple and fun. I have to do everything a few times to figure it out but I'm learning. Thanks for helping me to get started and understand the world of jazz."

- Robert B.

"I'm currently working very slowly through this course and trying to get my skills up to a higher level to do this standard justice. Your videos inspired me to keep going and I find constant reviewing of lessons is very helpful. Overall I like the accompanying pdf's which are of a high quality and I like to focus on chord melody through a process. Many thanks for your great materials."

- Rob M., Australia

Frequently Asked Questions

I want to master jazz guitar - would this be a good place to start?
We have a progressively-ranked curriculum designed to help you master jazz guitar, so you're definitely in the right place. However, you should take a look at our Learning Path to see and decide if you would like to start with this course based on your current proficiency with jazz guitar. Our Learning Path is our suggested course order through our curriculum, so click here to check it out!
I've tried to learn jazz before, and so I'm afraid this is too complex for my level. What if I am unhappy with the course after I purchase it?
We know that jazz is a hard style of guitar to master, let alone learn. With that said, we want to remove any fears you have to give it your best shot, and we believe our courses are the BEST the internet has to offer. Go ahead and purchase the course, and if you are unsatisfied with your progress IN ANY WAY, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
What's the best way to use the materials in this course?
Take it slowly! There's no time-limit on this course, so focus on an entire module every week. The better you master the material in earlier sections of the course, the easier of a time you'll have as you progress.
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