Lead playing doesn't always have to involve single note melodic runs.
You can introduce deeper harmonic expressions by playing around with
two or three simultaneous notes over the chord sequence.
This lesson is about finding a suitable starting point for building
your lead harmony and developing it around some common chord movements.
The video below will get you started, and then further down you can
grab your practice tracks and learn more about building lead harmony
effectively, using the most common scales.
Harmonizing Scales Using Double Stops
Scale harmonization is a great way to explore a particular scale's
musical flavour. The concept is simple - instead of playing through the
note by note, we play through it two
notes at a time. Two notes played together on guitar like
this is known as a double
In the video I showed you the most common scale harmonization intervals
- 3rds, 4ths and 6ths. Below I've picked out several scales
to harmonize. There are tabs below each scale showing you how we could
harmonize on a C root, but try and work it out yourself before you jump
to the answer! You can then jam out your ideas using the
practice tracks below each scale.
First, the major scales. Each practice track is in the key of C major.
This means we position the below patterns on a C
- that would be the 8th fret on the E string). But make sure you
practice harmonizing in different keys...
6ths are slightly different as we have to skip a string. If you
collapse back the finger on the lowest string you can touch and mute
the string in between the two notes.
over the C major track, listen to how Mixolydian changes the overall
colour of the harmony compared to the major scale - even though there's
only one note difference between the two scales. I've highlighted the
differing harmonies in blue
on the tabs below. Switch between the two to really internalize this
difference - that's some powerful ear training!
In later parts, I plan to show you how to combine harmonic and melodic
movements in your lead playing, right across the neck. In the meantime,
I hope you enjoyed the lesson and the new dimension it offers your lead