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In rock rhythm guitar, simple chords can often be played with slight variation to create what is called chord embellishment. The idea behind chord embellishment is taking any chord in your vocabulary and adding a slight variation to one or two of the notes you are playing to create a strong rhythm. With this idea, you also develop a strong melody on top of the chords you are playing. This technique is used by everyone from Chuck Berry to Led Zeppelin to Stone Temple Pilots to The Killers and just about any contributor to the rock guitar world. The following examples showcase ideas and concepts that introduce you to this idea. Each example touches on a different style and era of rock guitar, allowing you to see how simple chords can develop strong movement with just a small amount of variation.