Playing harmony?

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  1. sanders4617

    sanders4617 Member

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    I am lost on harmony in general. If I had a small little lead guitar instrumental, very simple, how do you go about adding harmony to it?

    For me.. I guess I would just play around till I figured it out, but is there some kind of rule on harmony? I need some insight if anyone has any.

    Thanks
     
  2. buddastrat

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    thirds and sixths for starters. If you know your major scale you can build from there. Learn your chord building/harmonization and that will open the door.

    Allman Bros. did some really cool things mixing fourths in too. Any note/interval can be a harmony, it just has to sound good to you.
     
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    Ah thanks. I will start working with thirds and sixths right away. :)
     
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    Digitech just came out with a new pedal, same housing as the Jamman. It is a guitar harmonizer. You can pick what interval, 3r, 6th, 4th, octaves, etc, and either up or down. It automatically detects what key you are in, and there are a number of slots for storing various harmonies.

    I spent about half an hour with it when it first came into GC, and really dug it. Kinda one trick pony for the space it would take on my board, but it is a way for you to do the Allmans thing with one guitar.
     
  5. sanders4617

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    Hmm.

    So are 2nd, 4ths, 6th even degree?
     
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    What is double vs harmony? Sorry for so many questions.
     
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    Closed voiced, Drop2 and Drop3 voicings

    Closed voiced
    B-7= voice 1
    G-8= voice 2
    E-9= voice 3
    C-10= voice 4
    ----
    ----

    Drop2
    B-7
    E-5
    C-5
    G-5
    ----
    ----

    Drop3
    B-7
    G-8
    C-5
    ----
    E-7
    ----

    Think of the B note as your melody.
    That note is being harmonized with
    a Cmaj7 chord.(CEGB)

    You can edit it down to two or three notes.

    Simple harmony

    CDEFGABC

    CDEFGABCDEFGA
    |..|..|..|..|..|..|
    C..E.G..B..D.F..A

    This sequence is how you "spell"
    chords in 3rds

    CEGB
    DFAC
    EGBD
    FACE
    GBDF
    ACEG
    BDFA

    Keep the melody on top
     

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