Example 3 capo at the 5th fret
This example uses the favourite old trick of stopping the notes along one fret with a capo. The capo allows us to access new keys and allows us to access new chord and melody ideas. First place the capo on the 5th fret and make sure the tuning has remained correct. This arrangement starts with a pretty sounding arpeggio motif. We can repeat this idea at various points and this gives the arrangement some identity and continuity. To create this idea some chord extensions have been added so A minor becomes A minor 9 and D becomes D sus 2. Bar 18 features a classic bass and melody run used by many singer songwriters. The use of the G add 11 chord is a little tricky to finger but it’s well worth it as there is a cool dissonance between the open string and fretted notes. The piece ends with a chord constructed from natural harmonics. Harmonics are great to include in any arrangement. Why not try playing the melody to Scarborough Fair with harmonics exclusively!