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[MUSIC]
So in this lesson I'm gonna talk a little
bit about how to harmonize a melody or
har, harmonize a song.
I had a few requests for this so I thought
I'd go ahead and
get into this a little bit.
So it, it sounds really cool to play a
melody and
then have another instrument play the
harmony to it.
And I'm gonna try and
help explain a little bit about how you go
about doing that.
So in this example we're gonna use the
song Will the Circle Be Unbroken because
it's sort of a basic melody that is pretty
easy to harmonize with.
So if we're to look at the melody of Will
the Circle Be Unbroken,
the first bit sounds like this.
Now, to figure out a harmony to that, we
need to have
a pretty good gas, grasp of our scales, so
basically a harmony.
The close harmony is gonna be a major a, a
third above the melody.
So if I play this, the harmony is gonna be
this.
So essentially you go up a third, you
know, a two notes.
So if my first note is this, my harmony
note is gonna be the G.
My second note is this.
And so the harmony note is gonna be that.
So it sounds like that if I were to play
all of them together.
So, that, you just go up the scale.
Two notes.
And play the same pattern.
And then so the next part of the melody
[MUSIC]
So how do I harmonize that?
So I've got B, A, G, B.
Well I just go up the G scale, two notes.
So if it starts on a B I go up B,
C just count up to D, two notes, so
that's gonna be the harmony to.
I just count two notes up the scale.
I've got B, A, G, B.
I go, I go B, C, D.
Okay, so I start on D, C, B, D.
And it continues just like that, so
[MUSIC]
And the next part is
[MUSIC].
So, if those are the notes I'm looking to
harmonize, B,
A, G, I just go up D, go up two notes to
D, C, B.
[MUSIC]
So together you've got.
[MUSIC]
You know, and so when you get those two
melodies playing together, it sounds
really cool.
So basically, the,
the main key is when you harmonizing
you're generally gonna be going a third
above if you're in a major key it's gonna
be a major third above what you're doing.
So what the main melody is.
So you know, you can look you can think of
it as the root note.
Say would be G.
And your third would be B.
And your fifth would be D.
So generally in traditional harmony,
you've got three parts, you know?
And, and if you, if you think the first
part is focused on the root note of G,
the second part is focused on the third
note, B, and
the high part is focused on the fifth note
of D here.
So if you just use those scale notes,
count up two notes and
you're gonna have your, your harmony.
So I've got a track here.
That is the, the harmony to the, to Will
the Circle Be Unbroken, so
you can play along to the original track
in my original lesson, and
you can play the harmony to the melody
that's already being played.
So, check that out.
I've got some tablature for it.
Hope you enjoy it.
It's a neat sound to get to harm, two
Dobro's harmonize.
This is a great sound I hope you enjoy it.
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