Even though this Danny Boy guitar lesson is in the chord melody style, I tried not to make it very jazzy. In fact, the harmonization of the melody is pretty straight forward.
However, this arrangement does have a few technical hurdles you may need to climb first. I wanted this Danny Boy guitar lesson to at least challenge you a little bit. 🙂
For the most part the difficulty lies in the big chord stretches thrown throughout the tune. I think these not only make it a good chord workout, but they also sound better on the guitar.
Try to keep the melody prominent over the harmony. It isn't that difficult since the top note of every chord is the melody note, and all the single notes are melody notes as well.
Also, I taught this Danny Boy guitar lesson on a nylon string acoustic but don't let that stop you if you don't have one. Nylon string is just my preferred acoustic sound, but any steel string acoustic or electric will work.
I think this arrangement will not only be a good chord workout for those who try it, but also a nice fingerpicking study as well. Making all of those notes within the chords sound even with fingerpicking is the tricky part.
Grab the TAB from this link below.
So have fun with this Danny Boy guitar lesson and don't hesitate to let me know if you would like to see other solo guitar arrangements of popular tunes. 🙂
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