Harmonizing Your Leads

I will show you how to harmonize your solos (should have at least 2 or more people).

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OK! First thing, harmonizing is when one guitar player plays something, and at the same time, another person plays the same thing, just on different frets. Note: if you have the G1-FX pedal from ZOOM, you can do this by your self. If you don't know how e-mail me and I will tell you how. Here is a lick you and some one else can practice.
Guitar 1
e|---------10-----------10-----------10-----------10---------------|
B|------------13p10--------13p10--------13p10--------13p10---------|
G|-----12b----------12b----------12b----------12b------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------| 

Guitar 2
e|---------13-----------13-----------13-----------13---------------|
B|------------16p13--------16p13--------16p13--------16p13---------|
G|-----15b----------15b----------15b----------15b------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
If you didn't know, it's the opening to the first solo in Mr. Crowley Randy! Now, if you want to harmonize some thing of your own, all you have to do is play it 3 steps higher or lower, or 5 steps higher or lower. If you are more advanced you can try this on different octaves, or just experiment with it. Just as a note for all of the more advanced players, I always thought that harmonization always sounded good in the phrygian mode. The songs "Blackened", and "Master of Puppets", by Metallica use harmonization, as well as "The Ripper", by Judas Priest, and "Dawn of the Angry", by Morbid Angel. If no one will play with you, or you just a one guitar guy, here are some ways to harmonize you leads. Note: this is the harmonized part from "Blackened" I'll just post the whole intro. Tabbed by: Sief
e|---------------------------3--3-5-3--3-5-6-5-3-7-----3--3-5-3--3-5-6-5-3-2--|
B|--5--5-7-5--5-7-8-7-5-4-----5--5-7-5--5-7-8-7-5-4-----5--5-7-5--5-7-8-7-5-4-|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------4--|  
D|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|--15--15-17-15--15-17-18-17-15-14....|
B|--17--17-19-17--17-19-20-19-17-12....| fade out
G|-------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------|

e--...14-15-17-18-17-15--15-17-15--15--|
B--...12-17-19-20-19-17--17-19-17--17--|
G--------------------------------------|
D--------------------------------------|
A--------------------------------------|
E--------------------------------------|

e----2-3-5-6-5-3--3-5-3--3-----7-3-5-6-5-3--3-5-3--3----------------------------|
B--4-4-5-7-8-7-5--5-7-5--5-----4-5-7-8-7-5--5-7-5--5-----4-5-7-8-7-5--5-7-5--5--|
G--4---------------------------------------------------4------------------------|
D-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
The most common form of harmonization, is in many songs, where the guitar plays one thing and the bass mirrors it. Also, you can go by thirds to harmonize. So if something is in the key of E, you can play it in either, G, or B! So, that's that! Enjoy!

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    shreddymurphy
    I wouldn't say that octaves are for more advanced players, simply because people seem to understand octaves better than it is 3rds, 5ths, and so on...
    CwchanG
    I think the part where you say you move 3 steps higher or 5 steps lower, I think you mean 3 frets or 5 frests because that'd be 9 frets higher or 15 frets lower.
    M15T3RJACK
    You should have been clearer when you said 3 steps. I assume you mean three steps up in the scale, but when I first read it I thought you meant three frets up, which is wrong.
    waysay
    This lesson didn't teach me anything. But you're A Randy Rhoads fan, so God love you for trying.
    TheLegendaryNJ
    Agreed. I believe anyone who doesn't already understand the basic theory behind harmonies that this will just confuse them.
    Mackk123
    its alot easier for octaves but i still have some trouble with thirds...
    Phe4rTheGod
    You prob. should have mentioned a bit of theory to express how to better understand the idea of harmonization...for instance, know what key your riff/lead/melody is in, then go from there...