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Now that we know the chord progression and song form, let's learn the melody! This is where the rubber meets the road because, the melody is the essence of the song. I can't stress this enough, the melody is the core of the song. If you want to play any song, you can strip away everything but the melody. Without the melody you don't have the song. You might have some recognizable part of the song, but not the fundamental essence of it.

Since we're playing an instrumental version of the song, since we're responsible for making the melody happen, this is most important lesson in the tutorial. Remember that this was originally a song with lyrics. So we need to play the notes with that in mind. We need to remember that we are mimicking what was originally a melody line sung by a vocalist. Take your time and let it breathe!

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