An easy-to-use guide to finding just the right chords to use with any melody. If you have ever composed a melody and then been at a loss as to which basic chords to play along with it . . . if you have ever wondered how to experiment with more complex chord substitutions . . . if you have ever wondered how the “experts” go about choosing which chords to use with their melodies . . . then this book is for you. Through the use of clear, color-coded charts and detailed step-by-step instructions, this book will show you at a glance exactly which chords are the best choices for use over any melody note in any key. In addition, the author includes extended—and often hilarious!—essays describing how he came to develop the charts included in this book, and how his interest in chords lead him to explore the chords and melody in a well-known jazz song. Finally, there are charts—one for each of the 12 notes in a chromatic scale—listing the notes contained in 26 of the most common chords.