Harmonies are a powerful tool in music, they add depth, and richness to your compositions, opening up opportunities for creative expression.
So what are harmonies, and how can they be employed to enhance one's musical vocabulary?
Check out min @1:58 for a quick comparison.
So when you're playing a chord, you're harmonizing! That's because you have 2 or more notes ringing at the same time.
For the sake of today's lesson we're going to harmonize the major scale, in the Key of G.
Check out min @1:21 for a quick refresher.
Let's suppose we have a G note for example, and we want to harmonize it in intervals of thirds.
Meaning you want to play:
-The G note.
-The note that is a third up (or down more on that later)
-But it can't be any third, it needs to be a diatonic third. (a third that's within the scale)
A third up from ''G'' would give us B
Note: Stick till the end for a fretboard visualization deep dive on intervals
(or put simply the third down is 2 notes down the same scale)
It allows you to quickly create harmonies that complement the melody and add depth to the overall musical arrangement.
All you have to do is move your melody 2 modes up on the same string and repeat the same sequence.
So in this example, we're playing our main melody on the G major scale:
-I move 2 modes up landing on the Phrygian scale.
-Replicate the same motif on the same string.
Check out min @6:47 for a demonstration.
Here's how to visualize your third intervals all aver the guitar fretboard:
1- Visualizing third intervals on the same string:
2- Visualizing third intervals on different strings:
Disclaimer: Make sure to make up for the difference in tuning if you try to harmonize your melody on the G and B strings.
Check out min @8:10 for a demonstration.
In conclusion, harmonies are a powerful tool in music that can add depth and richness to your compositions. By harmonizing, you create a pleasing and coordinated sound by playing two or more notes simultaneously.
Adding this to your musical toolbox will help make your melodies stand out, weather harmonizing a melody by yourself on one guitar, or moving the melody up or down two modes in your next jam session.
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