#1
alrite i understand the concept of harmonizing but i was just wondering when u harmonize with 3rds and 5ths, do you always use the major scale or whatever scale the song is based off?

thanks
#2
If you want diatonic thirds and fifths, yes.
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#3
Quote by elvenkindje
If you want diatonic thirds and fifths, yes.
Hey hey, I'm all for the "yes and no are acceptable answers to any question" man-law, but that is a bit ridiculous.


You would go with the scale used in the song. If you're in D minor, it doesn't make much sense to harmonize notes with F#s and *C#s, now does it?


*As Elv said below, this may not be such a bad note. It won't sound completely in key, mainly because it isn't, but it comes from the melodic or harmonic minor scale, and that may be a cool sound in what you're writing.
Last edited by bangoodcharlote at Jan 11, 2007,
#4
no I mean like, say the song was in A minor. and u were going to harmonize the A with its 5th... would u still use the A Major Scale to find its 5th or now would u use the A minor scale to find it. Im asking that of all scales basically
#5
well, the fifth is perfect regardless so... Just stick to your scale. If you're in A minor, use only A minor to harmonize. but it does pay sometimes to experiment with bizarre harmonies.
#6
Quote by Sandman8591
no I mean like, say the song was in A minor. and u were going to harmonize the A with its 5th... would u still use the A Major Scale to find its 5th or now would u use the A minor scale to find it. Im asking that of all scales basically
I answered that, but you would use A minor in that case. Coincidently, the fifths of those two scales are exactly the same.

Now, if you use a specific mode, you would harmonize using that mode. For instance, if you had an A Phrygian lick that went A Bb C D C Bb A G and you wanted to harmonize in diatonic (staying in the scale) thirds, you would harmonize with C D E F E. D C Bb
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Quote by bangoodcharlote
Hey hey, I'm all for the "yes and no are acceptable answers to any question" man-law, but that is a bit ridiculous.

He just asked a question that was too easily answered.


You would go with the scale used in the song. If you're in D minor, it doesn't make much sense to harmonize notes with F#s and C#s, now does it?

I'd give the C# some second thought.
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#10
if the scale on one string looks like this (cmin if ur in CGCFAD tuning)

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--2-3-5-7-8-10-12-13-
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and one guitar does

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--5-7-8---7-8-10-
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the second guitar would do

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--8-10-12---10-12-13-
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pretty sure thats a third
Last edited by Metal_Master15 at Jan 12, 2007,