#1
I keep trying to write a7x style harmonies for me and my second guitarist, and i understand that trademark harmony sound that they produce comes from jumping between major and minor thirds. While I do write in this style, it often ends up sounding a bit odd and not as punchy as I would hope.

So i was wondering: When writing in these intervals, and using either a major or minor third, do you decide which one to use by trial and error; or by scale? Ie, is it just a case of experimenting with different patterns of major and minor thirds, or is the major/minor option decided by where the harmony would fit in the scale?
For example, say I'm writing in the E Natural Minor, and a given note is D. A maj3rd would be F# and min3rd an F. F# is in the scale, so is that how it is selected? Or is it trial and error?

We're not a rip off band, honest! Its just a few bits where i wanted that eery harmony.

Thanks
#2
If you harmonise the scale you're using in thirds then that will give you the correct pattern of majors and minors, or as a quick reference just look at the chords of the key you're in.
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If you harmonise the scale you're using in thirds then that will give you the correct pattern of majors and minors, or as a quick reference just look at the chords of the key you're in.


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#4
Yeah use the scale. So if you're in E natural minor:

E F# G A B C D

and your melody was something like (making this up) E E F# B

you choose the third note along the scale each time: G G A D

Sounds awesome when you get it right
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