This article is part of the series “Level Up! – 42 guitar solos for a better sex life”
Maybe you have notices that there is a second lead guitar in the Crapping on your Throne solo
Take a listen again
Now you might ask yourself how to add a second guitar voice to a melody.
The easiest way to create a good sounding second voice is to harmonize with diatonic thirds.
Ok, so a third is an interval with 3 (minor third) or 4 (major third) semitones distance to the fundamental.
But when do I take 3 semitone steps and when do I take 4?
This is hidden in the word “diatonic” thirds: scale thirds.
Since we are still in E major, we can clearly identify the thirds:
Our melody notes in bars 3 and 4 are E, F#, and D#; the corresponding thirds are G#, A, and F#.
The second voice then looks like this:
All right, but we are applying the concept economically.
We only add the second voice in bar 3 / 4 and bar 7 / 8.
To add a little pepper to the soup, a second voice is added to the last four bars.
But since we have already gone extremely far up on the fingerboard in the main voice, the second voice doesn’t come above but below.
You just play the thirds an octave lower and Bob’s your uncle!
Bars 13 to 14
Bars 15 to 16
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