How to play guitar like Melanie Faye

Melanie Faye performs during FORM Arcosanti 2019 at at Arcosanti Urban Laboratory on May 10, 2019 in Arcosanti, Arizona.
(Image credit: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty)

At only 23 years old, Melanie Faye has a bright future ahead of her. With a background in jazz guitar from her studies at the Nashville School of the Arts, it was this experience, along with her often cited influences of Jimi Hendrix and Eric Gales, that has helped Melanie find her personal voice on the guitar, fusing jazz with R&B and neo-soul.

Melanie Faye first found success in 2017 after one of her Instagram videos went viral, helped by the artist SZA who shared some of Faye’s content to her millions of social media followers. Since then, she has played with many artists, including a stunning performance with Masego as part of the Tiny Desk Concert series. On top of this, Faye took part in a series of demonstrations for Fender, showcasing their Player Series guitars. 

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Simon Barnard

Simon is a graduate of the UK's Academy of Contemporary Music and The Guitar Institute, and holds a Masters degree in music. He teaches, examines and plays everything from rock to jazz.