Harmonizing a Melody with Major and Minor Thirds

Guitarists spend a lot of time playing in an ensemble setting, in which they’re tasked with providing either a single-note lead melody or a rhythm part in support of someone else’s melody. For an unaccompanied guitarist, however, it often comes down to being able to intertwine melody, rhythm and harmony in a stand-alone guitar part, what’s known as “chord-melody” style, and good, effective way to do this is to harmonize a melody in two voices against a pedal tone.

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Andy Aledort

Guitar World Associate Editor Andy Aledort is recognized worldwide for his vast contributions to guitar instruction, via his many best-selling instructional DVDs, transcription books and online lessons. Andy is a regular contributor to Guitar World and Truefire, and has toured with Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers, as well as participating in several Jimi Hendrix Tribute Tours.