Rock 2 Guitar 2

Animated Rock 2 Guitar 2 tab by ActionTab on guitar. So easy you'll be playing in minutes.

To finish this jamzone tune we're going to layer a final guitar (and add some keyboards). Check out the normal speed audio to hear the end product. The ActionTab itself has no keyboards, to help you hear the guitar better.

We're blending this guitar over the first (previous) guitar to make a single melody. Notice that this second guitar is playing exactly what the first guitar played - except for one thing. This guitar plays the same notes, but one octave higher. This is called playing in unison.

Unison is considered different to harmony. Although, in a way, they are the same thing. Harmony is where two different melody lines are played together. So one guitar may play this sequence of notes: E G E A B, and the second guitar plays different notes at the same time (typically, B D B E F#).

Whereas Unison (meaning 'one sound') is where the same melody is produced by different instruments. So, continuing with our example, both guitars would play E G E A B together. This includes notes that are octaves apart, as they are technically the same notes - just in different registers. And that is exactly what we are using here. The guitars play the same melody, one octave apart.

If you can already play the first guitar part, then you should be able to pick this guitar up quickly. There are some places where we break out of unison and play a little differently (notably the last 2 bars), and why not. The main thing to learn here is how layering the guitars together in unison considerably strengthens the melody. This is a simple, but very effective way to construct music.

When you are done, why not try going back to the backing track and playing your own melodies over the powerchords. A suggestion is to start with working out some basic 3 or 4 note sequences that work over each chord to create a melody (much like we've been using here).

For reference, the basic notes played for the melody (guitar 1 and 2) are:

Backing chord - F#5
Melody - F# C# C slide to D#
(repeat 4 times)

Backing chord - E5
Melody - E B Bb slide to Db
(repeat 4 times)

Backing chord - F#5
Melody - F# C# C slide to D#
(repeat 4 times)

Backing chord - G#5
Melody - G# D# D slide to F
(repeat 4 times)

Occasionally, there is some slight variation - but nothing you won't be able to handle with some practice!

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