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Hey there Uke Players! It’s time for another episode of Uke Minutes!

Have you ever picked out a melody on your ukulele and thought “Gee, that sounds so plain. I wish I could add something else … but what?” Adding harmony means adding a note (or several notes) that sound good together with a single note. In this episode, Aldrine teaches you how to find the standard 3rd harmony for single notes.

Step 1: Write out all the notes of the scale you are playing in (for a refresher on Major Scales, check out Uke Minutes 8)
Step 2: Write out the notes of the melody that you want to find harmony for.
Step 3: For each note in the melody, look at the note’s position on the Major scale and skip one note. The note you land on will be the (3rd) harmony note. Do this for all of the notes in your melody.

For example, if you are playing in the key of G, the G Major scale is:

G | A | B | C | D | E | F#(Gb) | G

If your melody goes: G, A, B, A, B, C, B, A, G, then you must look at your G Major scale, and find the harmony notes to each of the notes in your melody.

The harmony for this melody would be: B, C, D, C, D, E, D, C, B. So, if you play the notes of the main melody and the notes of the harmony simultaneously, you will no longer have a plain-sounding melody line!

Try it out, let us know what you think, and as always if you have any questions, email askrayan(at)gmail.com or stop by the Fourm!

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Thanks for spreading the music, wherever you go.

Aloha,
-UU Staff

What Should I Learn Next?
“A&C String Harmony”
“Strum Picking With Harmony”