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Using Harmonized Scales by Tim May

In this lesson we are going to take a look at using harmonized scales in the form of the “double-stop” technique and “cross-picking.” Since the harmony notes we will use in this lesson are built from chord tones of the G major chord, lets first look at how a G major chord is built. A major chords is built from the 1st, 3rd, and 5th tones of the major scale. In the graphic below I’ve shown how the G major scale is formed from the chromatic scale (using the whole step and half step formula for the major scale). I’ve also shown that same scale written out on the G string on the guitar fret board. You will see from the first diagram that the 1st, 3rd, and 5th tones of the G scale are: G, B, and D. Looking at the G chord inversions shown below you will see that the G major chord is always made up of only these three notes.