Chord Melody Arranging

Learn how to play stunning solo-guitar arrangements.
Join pro touring guitarist Arianna Powell as she breaks down her unique system for composing chord melodies.

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For intermediate & advanced players

Playing alone made fun

  • Learn theory, chords, and techniques to craft chord melodies
  • Step-by-step, intuitive learning
  • Track your progress
  • Comes with unlimited access to every class on Pickup Music
 

Step-by-step Instruction

40 lessons

HD video tutorials with interactive TAB, chord charts, and PDF class notes

Time

2 week commitment

Learn at your own pace. Most students take two weeks to complete this class.

Outcome

Write your own solo guitar songs

Learn fundamental and advanced concepts behind harmonizing a melody for solo guitar

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Unlimited access to all classes

Develop your skills with lessons for every step of your guitar journey.

An immersive intermediate-level online class

Master the art of solo guitar

Join your mentor Arianna Powell as she breaks down how to build a chord melody on guitar.
By the end of this Master Class, you’ll be able to play and arrange your own solo-guitar songs.

Part I.

Part I. The Fundamentals of Harmonizing Melodies

You'll start off with the basics of how to be a rhythm and lead guitarist at the same time by harmonizing a melody with different techniques and chords.

Part II.

Part II. “The Corner Store” Harmonization Walkthrough

Once you have a knack for the fundamentals, we'll jump right into a real-world example and harmonize Arianna's song The Corner Store.

Part III.

Part III. Gospel Harmony and “Doxology”

Start honing your chord melody skills by reharmonizing a hymn and learning about gospel harmony.

Part IV.

Part IV. Extra Concepts / Techniques

Drawing on her touring experience as a touring guitarist for top-tier pop artists, Arianna shares more tips and lessons to polish your playing.  

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Part V. Licks

Grab some quick inspiration with 20 easy and advanced fingerstyle jazz licks.

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Part VI. SongSquad

Wrap up the class with three original songs by Arianna that put everything you've learned into action.

Hear why students love this Master Class

Learn what makes Arianna Powell's class so popular

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Jason K.

I love it. I’ve already delved into a lesson and it’s helping me get past a plateau in my guitar playing. It’s such a great value and a great idea to have lessons accessible to people without leaving home.

Joe F.

Arianna's class also gave me the tools to arrange chord melodies of my favorite tunes in half the time it used to take me. I finished the class feeling excited and ready to apply what I learned, rather than exhausted by theory overload.

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Sam R.

Pickup Music has been an awesome resource thus far. I love the lessons from young players who are at the forefront of contemporary music. The Master Classes are definitely my favorite as they have a clear plan of study and a logical progression behind them.

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Learn at your own pace

Learn through a step-by-step curriculum

This is a mid-level class for intermediate and advanced guitarists. The curriculum was crafted by our team of master's-level and professional touring musicians to give you the best possible pathway for learning solo guitar.

Arianna Powell

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Arianna Powell

Arianna is one of LA’s top touring guitarists. Though a pop guitarist by trade, she’s passionate about solo guitar playing and has an extremely unique style – think Joe Pass and Johnny Smith mixed with contemporary gospel and neo-soul influences.

Arianna has toured with Halsey, the Black Eyed Peas, JJ Lin, Nick Jonas, Chris Brown, Lauren Jauregui, and Drake Bell in addition to playing in the house band on American Idol. She has a Bachelor’s in music education with a concentration in jazz guitar from Duquesne University and has over 47,000 followers on her Instagram page.  

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