Creating Harmony Lines On Guitar

Lead Guitar

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In this lead guitar lesson, we'll be taking a look at creating harmony lines on the guitar. These harmonies are often referred to as "guitarmonies". You've probably heard this done before from bands like Avenged Sevenfold and Boston. We'll be using some basic string pair scale shapes to make this possible. If you don't know your string pair shapes you should check out this lesson: 7 Essential Scale Shapes

Finding The Harmony

A great way to harmonize a lead line is to play the same thing up a third or fifth in the scale. In this case, we took the E minor scale and played the notes a third above to create a harmony. We can do the exact same thing a fifth above and we'll get a different sounding harmony.

When you're building a harmonized guitar part, you may have to make some adjustments if there is a non-diatonic note in the lick you're basing your harmony off of. Experiment with using both the third and fifth intervals to make your guitar parts stand out.