#1
OK... Here's my problem... I'm composing a song, in which there is a part wherre three guitars play together... One does powerchords, the second does arpeggios over the powerchords, and i want the third to be harmonized with the second... and i'm sure that these are the good arpeggios... usually, when a harmonize a lead, or a solo, i always use thirds, but here, when i try to use them, they sound as shit. and i'm sure that they are the good M/m thids cause I have the sccale right in front of me... what should i use? fourths, fifths, or is there another way of doing it??? thx for your help
#2
Quote by KoRn-Tristan
OK... Here's my problem... I'm composing a song, in which there is a part wherre three guitars play together... One does powerchords, the second does arpeggios over the powerchords, and i want the third to be harmonized with the second... and i'm sure that these are the good arpeggios... usually, when a harmonize a lead, or a solo, i always use thirds, but here, when i try to use them, they sound as shit. and i'm sure that they are the good M/m thids cause I have the sccale right in front of me... what should i use? fourths, fifths, or is there another way of doing it??? thx for your help


Im not to sure about harmonizing guitars, but I do know lots about harmonizing voices, and I imagine they are similar. If the 3rd doesnt work, try the 5th. Im a fan of 5th harmonizations myself. Youll just have to mess around with it.
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#4
Try using sixths as well. Remember that you can play diatonic sixth where you makes each interval major or minor depending on what fits in the key, or you can make every interval major or every interval minor and just not care about the key.

Use your ear and good judgement.
#5
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Definately try fifths.

Failing that, try all the other intervals! If you don't like the sound of any, then perhaps that guitar should do a more melodic thing.
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#6
Maybe you should start learning the basics of four-part harmony.


As for intervals that will work, though, try any of these:

m3, M3, P5, m6, M6, P8, m10, M10

Make sure to avoid parallel perfect consonances and ghost notes (similar motion to perfect intervals).
#8
5ths are usually the easiest, but you will get a more interesting and unique sound out of other intervals that have been posted
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To contribute something about music: don't lock yourself in to using just one type of interval. While it is easy to write something in powertab and then move it up 7 frets (for a 5th harmonization), it might sound better to use some fifths, some thirds, some sixths, and so on instead of straight fifths.

I'm just throwing out suggestions; I don't know what those intervals will sound like in your riff, but you get the idea.
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#11
dont just use major thirds, try minor thirds and such, once you mess around you should come across the right sound, its a theory thing, where certian steps of the scale will be major, and certian minor, so eventually itll work out
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#12
well i'm using both thirds actually, minor and major, and i look in the scale to chose... but if i'm in harmonic minor scale (e.g. Dm H), sometimes i can use both thirds, or none, these tmie which one i take??
#13
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well i'm using both thirds actually, minor and major, and i look in the scale to chose... but if i'm in harmonic minor scale (e.g. Dm H), sometimes i can use both thirds, or none, these tmie which one i take??
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#14
|---------------------------------------------------------------
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|--0-5-8------8-7----------10--8-7-12--10h12p10--8--
|-----------6--------8--10------------------------------------
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what would sound good with this?
for harmonizing


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