I have some questions about arranging a song in fingerstyle:

I know these:

  1. Get the melody.
  2. Get the chords.
  3. Combine melody and chords rhythmically.

My questions are:

  1. The melody is high single notes, but where can I find the melody or single notes for any song? Or should I learn the melody by ear? If a song is only played with strumming, how to get the melody combined with the chords?
  2. How to arrange bass note to every chord? I know the first bass note to arrange fingerstyle must be the root of the chord, but what about the second note for every chord or third if we use it?
  3. Is learning how to combine melody and chords together just a matter of experience? How do I learn more about fingerstyle arrangement to get this experience?

closed as too broad by Tim, Todd Wilcox, Dom Jul 10 '16 at 17:27

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  • Are we talking one or two voices? Two voices would be relatively simple as one would take the melody, and the other would provide the harmony. One voice will be considerably more complex. – Neil Meyer Jul 10 '16 at 11:29
  • Also if you can provide a small example of a piece you want to arrange that would be swell. Lets not just theory craft but actually have a real world example to work from. – Neil Meyer Jul 10 '16 at 11:30
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    This is a little confused, and there are many different ways to answer some of it. Each song will have different challenges. If the question was more specific, it would be better. – Tim Jul 10 '16 at 13:18
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    I agree with @NeilMeyer, this would be easier using a simple example. – neilfein Jul 10 '16 at 15:20
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    I did some editing to make the question easier to understand, please feel free to roll my edits back if I've missed your meaning. – neilfein Jul 10 '16 at 15:28