When you play a song on guitar, you’re typically not playing the individual notes in the melody. You’re just playing the chord and you sing the melody.
If you want to try playing an instrument like the flute over a song, you can do one of two things, you can either try to figure out the melody on the flute and play it (in which case the chords are helpful because they let you know what key you’re in).
OR…you can try playing a solo or a harmony or a descant over the song. In that case, you need to improvise. That means, you use the chords as the signposts for what notes you can play that would sound good. If the chord above a note says C, then you can play any notes in the C scale and it should sound good. If you’re improvising for the first time, try something super simple, like just whole notes for each chord. For example, if the chord progression is C/D/C/G just play the whole notes C/D/C/G..see how that sounds and then start to play around. Where else can you go? Maybe you’ll play four quarter notes for each: CECC/DF#DD/CEGC/GBG.
Pick up your flute and just try it.
Try Pomegranate Waltz from Guitar Notes. Download the chords here. Then listen to it and try using the chords as signposts.
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