Chord Melody method books?

Discussion in 'Ask Todd Johnson [Archived]' started by Jazzkuma, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. Jazzkuma

    Jazzkuma Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2008
    Hi Todd
    I have started to get into chord melodies for a while (after listening to a bunch of Joe Pass). I played your transcription of bye bye blackbird but as I was trying to play chord melodies through other standards it was a bit difficult to find voicings which would be comfortable to play. I found myself doing to many large stretches.
    Are there any chord melody method books which you would suggest. I thought about getting one of Joe Pass' books but the guitar tuning wouldn't work with my 6 string.
  2. Todd Johnson

    Todd Johnson

    Sep 27, 2005
    Anthem, AZ
    Yep....go to my website .....scroll down and order my "Fishin for Grips" book and DVD. This is my method for teaching you how to play chord melody on 6 string's exactly what you're looking for.

    You might also consider taking internet video chat lessons with me once you get the basics of the book under your hands.


  3. Violen

    Violen Instructor in the Vance/Rabbath Method Banned

    Apr 19, 2004
    Kansas City Metro Area
    Endorsing Artist: Conklin Guitars (Basses)
    Book not available? :(
  4. Todd Johnson

    Todd Johnson

    Sep 27, 2005
    Anthem, AZ
    Send me an email to and I can send you one of the few copies I have left of the original version.

    FWIW, I'm going to re-do my chord melody method into a multi part downloadable version. Hope to have it done sometime in 2013.

    Sorry for the tease.....
  5. Wally Malone

    Wally Malone

    Mar 9, 2001
    Boulder Creek, CA
    AFM International Representative Endorsing Artist: Accugroove Cabinets & MJC Ironworks Strings
    Fishin for Grips, well worth the purchase!

  6. melodiaopus

    melodiaopus Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Does the book cover 4 string chords voicings. I am having some trouble with good 4 string chord voicings for slash chords like D/Cmaj7 etc... maybe you can suggest some good books that can help me in this area.
  7. Todd Johnson

    Todd Johnson

    Sep 27, 2005
    Anthem, AZ

    To be perfectly honest...."good 4 string chord voicings" are quite limited because of range and the time you get enough notes to imply the chord it gets "too thick" IMHO.

    A D/Cmaj7 is basically a Cmaj7#11.... So you'll want a high F# on it will sound like a #11 and not a #4....know what I mean?? (its about the register its in).

    So, I'm sorry to say I don't know of a "good book" I can recommend for 4 string....
    I would highly recommend a 5 string tuned E - C....or just take the plunge and get a 6 string. Its AMAZING what a difference that C string makes in opening up chord voicing opportunities.

    FWIW...I hope to have new "Chord" related materials out later this year. Sorry for the tease, but that's the best I can do for now.... The other option would be online lessons. I can show you everything "I" know with online lessons. (shameless plug! :))

    I hope this helps....
  8. melodiaopus

    melodiaopus Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Just got a Zon tenor 5 string. Do you have any chord voicing charts that you'd like to share at all?
  9. Todd Johnson

    Todd Johnson

    Sep 27, 2005
    Anthem, AZ
    Sorry, not at this time. I'm currently in the final stages of finishing my new "Improv Method"... I have to finish this first before I get to re-doing my chord melody method. Sorry about that.

    I can show you my entire method for chord melody, but we'd have to do it via online video chat lessons. If that's something you're interested in send me an email to and we'll get you going ASAP!!:)