#1
Okay... Ive been wanting to write some harmonies to some things now, and ive really dug myself into a hole here. Heres a basic 3 string sweeping pattern ive wanted to harmonize:
E||--15p-12-------12h-15p-12-------12h-15p-----|
B||----------13--13--------------13--13--------------|
G||------------12-------------------12------------------|
D||-------------------------------------------------------|
A||-------------------------------------------------------|
E||-------------------------------------------------------|
Sorry for the bad ASCII

Anyways, say I wanted to use a major third interval (since this is the key of C) to harmonize this. Ive been reading that to do this, you have to move the note you want to harmonize 4 semitones up. So if every guitar fret is one semi-tone, wouldnt you just move everything 4 frets up?

Then comes the part where it sounds absolutly terrible.
I know this is my n00bish lack of more advanced theory, but what is going wrong here? AM I just too stupid to read things properly?
#2
Who ever explained that to you was far from the actual mark. When it comes to harmonizing passages and not a lone, single note you work off your root scale. No matter what you are doing, if you stay in sync with your parent scale things will go alright. Try this:

Your key is C Major, right? Write out the notes scales on a sheet of paper. Like so:

C D E F G A B C

Write down the notes you play in your arrangement in order. In this case you are playing:

G E C G C E (assuming you are in standard tuning).

Now, basing ourselves on your parent scale select each notes third (within the scale) and apply it to your playing. So, you'd play:

B G E B E G

Figure out the fingering yourself. That's the basic idea behind it all though. Don't forget, it all comes from somewhere, each note belongs in the entirety of the song... so never strip it out like you tried.

Best of luck, come back with any further questions.


I'll take it one step further and tab it out correctly for you...
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G1.bmp
G2.bmp
Last edited by leo_p8 at Sep 8, 2007,
#3
You can do diatonic thirds, but it also looks like you're just sweeping a C chord, so you could have another guitar sweeping using notes from a C chord (C E G). Start on E, perhaps, sweep down to the E an octave down, etc.
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#4
Yeah, but you might want to just harmonize it within that C chord, rather than in thirds.

Like this:

E||--15p-12-------12h-15p-12-------12h-15p-----|
B||----------13--13--------------13--13--------------|
G||------------12-------------------12------------------|
D||-------------------------------------------------------|
A||-------------------------------------------------------|
E||-------------------------------------------------------|

E||--20p-15-------15h-20p-15-------15h-20p-----|
B||----------17--17--------------17--17--------------|
G||------------17-------------------17------------------|
D||-------------------------------------------------------|
A||-------------------------------------------------------|
E||-------------------------------------------------------|


Or you could go below... like this:

E||--12p--8--------8h-12p-8--------8h-12p-----|
B||-----------8---8--------------8---8--------------|
G||-------------9-------------------9------------------|
D||-------------------------------------------------------|
A||-------------------------------------------------------|
E||-------------------------------------------------------|


Try those.

Basically, when harmonizing arpeggios, just go to a different inversion.

EDIT: Don't forget to experiment. change random notes and see what happens. You might discover something cool.