#1
Ok, so this isn't actually basic at all.
But, never the less.

If I have a riff.
Say, like this.
Ex.1
E|---------------------|
B|---------------------|
G|---------------------|
D|---------------------|
A|-----4-5----8-7-5-|
D|-00------0---------|

What methods could I use to harmonize it?
How can you change it between moody/happy.


Here is a tough one, multi string.
Ex.2
E|-----------------------------------------------|
B |-----------------------------------------------|
G |----6h7p6-----------------------------8h9-|
D |-------------7h8p7-----------8h10--------|
A |----------------------7h8h10---------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------|

These are the last two riffs for my second guitar pro file.
Ex.1 is a verse riff, broken down of course to simplictity.
Ex.2 is a breakdown, mostly triplet type fast, fast, fast.

Anyways, I would just like to know how bands typically go about constructing harmonization. As a precedent, im going for an As I Lay Dying/August Burns Red harmonization.
#2
Just sound it out. God forbid you be original or anything.
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#4
Just use diatonic thirds (big word I know), just play the same thing but, 3 notes upward of the scale that the riff uses.
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#5
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God forbid you be original or anything.

Damn! God forbids everything good these days...

Play around with different octaves and see how that works for you.
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#6
I understand playing thirds.
But when your in Harmonic Minor things get a bit tricky.
It is "missing" a note.
#7
Quote by FlyingPooooo
I understand playing thirds.
But when your in Harmonic Minor things get a bit tricky.
It is "missing" a note.

No it's not, it has exactly the same number of notes, just the third and sixth are flattened.
#8
*looks over scale*
Ok, well.
If I was playing out of that scale.
Would it sound better ignoring the Sharp/flats and just doing the major?
#10
I see what you mean,

It kinda gets odd sounding though. Espicailly when im trying to harmonize a C# the third is a F. It clashes alot, but with a resolution its sounds alright.
#11
hm i don´t know if that´s harmonizing at all that i tell you know: what i´m doing often is: changing the rhythm, the octaves, the picking, do some pinched harmonics in it. messing around changing things playing 2 or 3times faster than normal with my right hand put some break beats in it or whatever
#12
Quote by FlyingPooooo
I see what you mean,

It kinda gets odd sounding though. Espicailly when im trying to harmonize a C# the third is a F. It clashes alot, but with a resolution its sounds alright.



If you are harmonizing a c# then you go up the scale a third.

Soo... c# > d > e

E is the third of c# in the D minor scale and D harmonic minor scale.