Use the fret board diagram below to locate these notes on your guitar:
4th's: (C,F) (D,G) (E,A) (F,B) (G,C) (A,D) (B,E) 5th's: (C,G) (D,A) (E,B) (F,C) (G,D) (A,E) (B,F) 6th's: (C,A) (D,B) (E,C) (F,D) (G,E) (A,F) (B,G) 7th's: (C,B) (D,C) (E,D) (F,E) (G,F) (A,G) (B,A) octaves (8th's): (C,c) (D,d) (E,e) (F,f) (G,g) (A,a) (B,b) 9th's: (C,d) (D,e) (E,f) (F,g) (G,a) (A,b) (B,c)
If you want to harmonize in 5th's you can use the Major scale's relative Mixolydian mode (Mixolydian is the 5th mode of the Major scale). You can use this method with all the Major scale modes. All of the previous information was in relation to a specific type of harmonic motion known as parallel motion. Parallel motion is when the harmonies are moving in the same direction and by the same interval. There are three other types of harmonic motion, and that's where it really starts getting interesting. In my next article on harmony we will discuss next of the three remaining types of harmonic motion, similar motion. Enjoyed this article? Sign up for my newsletter to immediately receive a free video filled with examples of everything discussed in this article played on guitar plus more! Until then I'll leave you with a TAB example of a 2-part guitar harmony using 3rd's:
C Major: C-D-E-F-G-A-B E Phrygian: E-F-G-A-B-C-D
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