I have read some tips on solo guitar arrangement that suggest to find melody part, then bass part, then fill in the middle of those 2 parts. I can manage the melody and bass part, but I have no idea for the middle? How do people arrange it? Is there anything that I can use as a base idea to create that part?
I meant about how to choose notes, and make it more interesting.

  • Many of the 19th century classical guitar pieces are built this way. The middle is often a repeated open string arpeggio.
    – hpaulj
    Commented Oct 14, 2015 at 15:29

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I don't know if I am missing the mark on this one, but a tool I use a lot is to:

  1. Put the melody on one of the upper 2 strings (B,E)
  2. Put the bass on one of the lower 2 strings (E, A)
  3. Put the guide tones on the middle 2 strings (3rds and 7ths on D, G)

Since you were just looking for a base idea, this might be all you needed, or as I said, I may be way off the mark on what you are asking!

Hope it helps!


  • Oh, what I meant was how to choose notes for the guide tones, the idea to make it more interesting, since I tried to arrange some songs before, but I played the melody basically on top of chord patterns, so the middle sticks with the chord and I found it quite cliché. I want to get somehow more creative. Sorry, I should have made the question clearer :")
    – minh quan
    Commented Oct 16, 2015 at 3:49
  • Generally speaking "Guide Tones" are the tones in the chord that make up it's quality. Specifically the 3rd interval and the 7th interval. IE: Am7 would be a C (m3) and G (m7) note. So not much of a choice. Now let's say you only play those 2 notes, and instead of an A in the base, you play a B. No you have the notes C, G and B playing under your melody which imply maybe a Cmaj7 (no 3rd), etc. Honestly I am finding it a bit hard to explain what my head seems to be doing on it's own! I can expand more, but am not even sure I am being helpful!
    – Steve
    Commented Oct 20, 2015 at 20:59

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