Guitar lesson on harmonies and how best to use them

Guitar lesson on harmonies and how best to use them


  1. Thinking of how to spice up some of the melodies you’ve written?
  2. Want a better understanding of how notes relate to eachother and where they are on the fretboard?
  3. Want to hear the difference in sound between a 3rd and a 5th?
  4. Want to get the most out of twin guitar parts?

If these questions interest you then keep reading and be sure to check our audio lesson out. (see below for timings)

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C major scale starting on D and harmonized in 3rds:


In this lesson, Dan and I return with a useful audio lesson on harmonizing guitar parts.
In this lesson:

  1. Dan defines what it means to harmonize guitar parts
  2. we examine how this is different to pitch shifting when working in a key
  3. we play the C major scale with harmony parts in 2nds, 3rds, 4ths and so on
  4. we harmonize the theme tune for Eastenders (PAAAAT!!)
  5. we harmonize a lick with bends in it (I struggle with bending over another part tbh)
  6. The lesson ends with some discussion about the issues you may face when harmonizing
  7. Dan gives some practical uses including the riff for Led Zeppelin’s Rock n’ Roll
  8. finally there is a summary of the learning points of  the lesson and notable tips.

Our audio podcast on SoundCloud (my lesson with Dan)

Some things which I am really going to take away from this lesson are that:

  1. I will be sure to learn the notes and their relation to eachother
  2. I will try to write and play some harmonized guitar parts with my guitar buddies
  3. I am, for sure, going to practice harmonizing riffs with bends in them

All the best, Gary and Dan

Timings for guitar lesson on harmonies:

00:00:59 Setting up this lesson on guitar harmonies and harmony vocals
00:05:01 Defining a harmony part
00:06:53 If you just keep the same distance between the two notes, some notes will fall out of key
00:08:35 Conclusion: harmonizing is not the same as pitch shifting
00:10:06 How a harmonizer pedal works
00:11:16 Harmonizing the C major scale
00:12:13 Adding a number to each note in the scale
00:17:46 Dan and I playing the C major in unison
00:17:58 Discussion around 2nds and our next activity
00:18:52 Dan and I playing the c major scale a 2nd apart
00:20:16 Discussion around 3rds
00:21:03 Dan and I playing the C major scale a 3rd apart
00:21:45 Discussion around 4ths
00:22:53 Dan and I playing the c major scale a 4th apart
00:23:39 2-part harmony vs multiple parts
00:24:16 Dan and I playing the c major scale a 5th apart
00:26:07 Dan and I playing the c major scale a 6th apart
00:27:10 Discussion around 7ths
00:27:30 Dan and I playing the c major scale a 7th apart
00:28:17 Dan and I playing the c major scale an octave apart
00:31:42 9ths
00:32:31 Practical applications of harmonies
00:32:37 Practical application 1: harmonising a simple melody (Eastenders)
00:39:18 Playing harmony 3rds from the B string to the top E string
00:41:19 Back to the Eastenders theme tune and our harmonisation demonstration
00:44:26 What are the practical uses for the Eastenders harmonization idea
00:45:16 Using an idea which the guitar is specifically good at – bending in harmony
00:50:36 Harmonizing the D major pentatonic scale
00:53:31 Back to our bending lick and harmonizing using the A dorian scale
00:55:34 Rock and Roll (Led Zep) – harmonizing rhythm parts
00:58:05 Summary of lesson and some final points


Last ten lessons for new arrivals or those who want to brush up on this contentCurt Mangan Strings Website:


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