How To Play A Chord Progression Without Using Chords - 6th Harmony

by Simon Candy

 

6th Harmony Fingerpicking GuitarIn this lesson, I show you how to create a great fingerpicking sound using 6th harmony.

You are about to learn how to spice up the chord progressions you play on guitar without using a single chord.

Rather, you will use 6th harmony to imply the chords of the progression, resulting in a very cool and unpredictabel sound.

 

What you are about to see is an expert from a live masterclass I presented in Chicago.

First, I show you how to apply 6th harmony to the guitar. There are many ways, but the way I show you in this class will be best for the fingerpicking approach we use.

Next, I show you how to use 6th harmony by applying it to a chord progression, adding the drone of open strings as you go for a really cool sound.

Watch the video below to learn more:

 

 

Fingerpicking Guitar Using 6th Harmony

The Concept:

G Major Scale Harmonised In 6ths Ascending

The folloing is the G major scale harmonised in 6ths ascending. The scale is on the 3rd string, the harmony is on the first string:

 

6th Harmony Fingerpicking G Major Ascending

 

G Major Scale Harmonised In 6ths Descending

Here is the same G Major scale harmonised in 6ths descending:

 

6th Harmony Fingerpicking G Major Descending

 

6th Harmony Open String Drone 1

Here is the same G Major scale harmonised in 6ths with the added drone of the open second string:

 

6th Harmony Open String Drone 2    6th Harmony Open String Drone 2-1

6th Harmony Open String Drone 2    6th Harmony Open String Drone 2-2

 

6th Harmony Open String Drone 2

Here is the same G Major scale harmonised in 6ths with the added drone of the open sixth string:

 

6th Harmony Open String Drone 2    6th Harmony Open String Drone 3-1

6th Harmony Open String Drone 2    6th Harmony Open String Drone 3-2

 

6th Harmony Open String Drone 3

Here is the same G Major scale harmonised in 6ths with the added drone of the open fifth string:

 

6th Harmony Fingerpicking open string drone 1

6th Harmony Fingerpicking open string drone 2 

  

Masterclass 6th Harmony Example:

The Chord Progression

The following is the chord progression used to apply the 6th harmony fingerpicking concept:

 

6th Harmony Fingerpicking Chord Progression

 

6th Harmony Application Example

Here is the example from the masterclass of 6ths being used to spice up a chord progression. As always, it's important to focus on the concept here and not get caught up on all the details of this specific example:

 

6th Harmony Fingerpicking Guitar MC Example 1

6th Harmony Fingerpicking Guitar MC Example 2

 

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