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A great example of how Jack Johnson works vocals and guitar together is how he develops a melody line into a set of chords. His melodies are written strong enough to where he can play and sing the same notes and the message always get across.

In this example, an A major vocal line is played to lead into a set of chord changes. Another key component to this progression is the use of chromatic major chords, which Johnson uses all over his recordings to create good transitions either to or within each section.

When playing the melody line, it is important to use the thumb and index fingers while again using the whole right hand to strum the other chords. Each of these elements when mixed together showcases the diverse work that Johnson puts into his songs.

A similar technique can be heard in Jack Johnson's songs, "Good People," and "Banana Pancakes."

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The Jack Johnson Style