Lead Guitar Performance - Dual Guitar Harmonies

Dual Guitar Harmonies...

One of the most exciting sounds performed by guitar players is that of a twin guitar harmony. When two guitarists play a melody together, but perform different intervals of the scale, the melody achieves a much richer and more impact to the sound that instantly grabs the listeners attention...

This lesson walks the player through several examples of "two-note guitar harmonies." We cover blended harmony like "Major and Minor 3rd's," as well as, the "Major and Minor 6th." Plus, we dive into the unique color of the perfect intervals. These include the, "Perfect 4th" and "Perfect 5th."

PART ONE: In our first example, we'll cover the two-note guitar effects of performing both "Major and Minor 3rd's." This idea is often referred to as "Diatonic 3rd's." In example 1a, our lower register melody establishes a key of "B Minor" phrase out of the 7th position. Example 1b, applies the diatonic 3rd's harmony in an upper register part located in the same fingerboard region.

Example two uses the strong sound of the "Perfect 5th" interval to track a melodic line from within the key of "G Major." The lower melody part from example 2a, operates from the "G Major" scale tones found off of 5th position. Example 2b, tracks the 5th interval through an upper register perfect 5th harmonized line located from the 7th position.

PART TWO: Example three explores the use of harmony based upon the inversion of the third interval. When the third is inverted it creates a diatonic 6th. The sixth intervals, (just like the 3rd's), flow across a key center creating both major and minor distances within the key. 

In example 3a, the lower register melodic idea functions within the key of "D Minor" at the 2nd position off of the string sets of 5th to 3rd string. Example 3b, locates the 6th interval diatonic harmony in the same region of the neck, but applies the upper register tones upon strings 3 through to 1st.

In example four, another inverted process comes into play with the inversion of the "Perfect 5th" interval. When the Perfect 5th is inverted we generate a "Perfect 4th." The same "Diminished Tone" issue (that we made mention of back in example two), occurs once again with the Perfect 4th interval. In example 4a, we establish a key of "G Minor" lower register melody between the 4th to 2nd strings in the 12th through to 7th positions. 

In example 4b, the upper register harmony to the line from example 4a is applied by way of the 4th interval. Watch for the application of the diminished interval used off of the "Eb" scale tone.

Dual Guitar Harmonies

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