Chord Melody Solo for Guitar

Silent Night – Guitar Tab


The first tablature is for the chord melody solo that I played after the 2nd verse. It begins at about 1:25 on the recording.


Next is a melody (top line) and accompaniment (bottom line) arrangement. It’s not exactly what I played on the recording but is a simple way to play the chords for Silent Night using an alternating bass strumming pattern. As always, you can play the melody for extra practice with individual notes or two different guitars can play as a duet.


Good King Wenceslas – Guitar Tab


I recorded this song in kind of a bluesy Travis Picking style. Here’s my arrangement that I played for the breaks on the recording. For the verses I just played the chords, in the same style but without the melody.


The Melody & Accompaniment arrangement below shows an easy way to accompany a song fingerstyle (the bottom line of tab). Just use your thumb to alternate the bass notes on the counts of 1 and 3, and use your index and middle fingers to pluck up on the other two notes I’ve written in. They’re all part of the chord so you don’t have to worry about playing notes outside of the chord. Of course, the top line of tab is just the basic melody of the song, which you can play for extra practice on playing melodies.


Here’s an easier fingerstyle solo. In arranging this I mostly just put a chord at the beginning of each measure and then followed that with melody notes. That’s an easy way to create your own arrangements that works well many times. For those chords on the count of 1 that require you to play 3 notes, use your thumb for the lowest one (the bass note), your index finger for the middle note, and your index finger for the highest note, which will usually be a melody note.

Auld Lang Syne – Guitar Tab


The pattern picking arrangement below is the one I played on the recording. As with all of the arrangements with this type of Melody & Accompaniment tablature, play either the top (for the melody) or the bottom (for the accompaniment).


The arpeggio arrangement below can be played with either your fingers or a flatpick.


This chord melody solo arrangement can be played as a guitar solo. It’s a little more advanced but straightforward.