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AutoMagic Harmony

Mike LaFountain (220) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
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AutoMagic Harmony
Easy string pairs take your playing to a new level.


Harmony and dissonance, tension and release are what make music. Both aspects come alive when you use the simple technique of playing string pairs. Rich harmonies and subtle dissonance are easily found, letting you fill and solo nearly at will. Lets look at the power of string pairs

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Harmonized Thirds
Before jumping into details, try Example1. This is the G Major scale harmonized in thirds. Dont let the verbiage throw you; its easy. Just take the G Major scale, skip a note and form a pair with the next note.

G Major
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
G A B C D E F#

That makes the first string pair G/B, the second pair A/C and so on. These pairs are commonly called Thirds.

Major 3rds in Key of G
1/3 2/4 3/5 4/6 5/7 6/1 7/2
G/B A/C B/D C/E D/F# E/G F#/A
AutoMagic Harmony