A popular soloing technique in the heavy metal genre is not only playing killer guitar solos, but having harmonies added on top of those leads. Of course, while it's heard a lot in heavy metal music, that is not the only music it is suited for. Anyway, being able to effortlessly harmonize on guitar is actually not as complicated as it seems (as I will explain in the video below).
How often do you look at a guitar player in awe and think to yourself "Wow, they are amazing. What is their secret?" Well, I am here to tell you there is no big secret. Often times, the guitar player is using what's called a "scale system". This allows them to work out harmony parts quickly and easily.
A friend once asked me to cut a solo on a tune that he was writing. He requested that I play a quick run at the end of the solo to lead into the next part of the song. After we recorded the solo, he was so impressed with it that (as a joke) he asked me to play it again as a harmony.
After taking a couple minutes to myself I said, "Okay, hit the record button", and I played the harmony.
My friend was convinced that I just performed some absurd guitar wizardry in front of him. But what I know is that if you teach your brain to think in the correct way (aka NOT the CAGED way) that playing a harmony really isn't as mysterious as it looks.
So, want to learn how to impress your own friends with your guitar harmony skills? Then take the next ten minutes to watch the following video in which I teach you simple concepts that you can start using immediately.
What did I tell you? Learning this system is as simple as 1, 2, 3. Never again do you need to sweat for hours trying to figure out harmonies to your favourite solos. Now that you know just how straightforward this is, go pick up your instrument and try it out for yourself!About the Author:
Tommaso Zillio is a prog rock guitarist and teacher with a passion for Music Theory applied to Guitar.