• Begin with a key to the left that you commonly play in, and practice/memorize all 8 melodies in that key.
  •  Choose a speed and practice playing each song's chords while singing or humming the melody.


  • Start with a reasonable speed for you, and build up speed with each melody using the backing tracks.
  • Figure out each melody up the neck, in different keys.
  • Work on being able to play the melodies with backing tracks, in different places up the neck, in all 5 keys.


  • Practice adding melodies while you play the chords.
  • Improvise on the melodies by throwing in lots of flavor, but work hard on keeping the melody alive!

Picking Melodies Vol. 1 Workbook

  All of the free melodies and backing tracks were played by me at home with my family and dog running about, and each track was played straight through, so I accept all responsibility for any strange noises or mistakes you hear during the recordings!  :-)

  Also, to make these tunes available in 5 different keys, and at 6 speeds each, I played each of them once in the key of G Major, and once in the key of C Major, and then I used "Amazing Slow Downer" software to change the speeds and keys of the tracks.