Guitar Instruction Thirds
Guitar Instruction | Progression of Thirds. Get lots of guitar practice in this free guitar lesson for progressions of thirds. We show them and explain them to you.
- Guitar Instruction - Thirds
- Thirds In C G D
- Thirds In A E F Bb
What are third's you say? In this Guitar Instruction tutorial, we will get into the theory of how thirds are constructed and show you most of the thirds for each of (7) scales, included C, G, D, A, E, F, Bb.
The reason we won't explore the remainder of the keys is these 7 are the predominate chords and sca
le that you can play in the open positions. The other thirds can be attained by the use of a Capo.
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First, let's start off by looking at a couple of basic scales. We will look at the scale of C Major and G Major in the illustration Below. Please note that a scale does not need to start off with the root of the scale name. What this means is that usually the C Major scale would start off with a "C" note. You can start off with any note in the scale as long as you are true to the note positions. In these 2 examples below, we DO start off with each scale's root note - those being a "C" in the C Major Scale and a "G" in the G Major Scale.
The "Tab Notes" In blue pretty much sum everything up as to how to construct the thirds.
- One of the hardest things to understand about thirds is that many of them are on the same string. Look at the illustration above for instance. The 2nd and 4th notes of the C scale are on the same string, as are the 7th and 9th notes. Then we are faces with a lot of notes all on the 1st string - all on the same string. The key is to play one of the notes on a different string. Refer to the Tab Illustration Below: We have provided you with all of the information you will need to play your thirds properly with the notation, tab, fingerings etc.
- Another question that quite often comes up during Guitar Instruction is this. You have shown the thirds most of the way up the neck only on the 1st and 2nd strings. What about the remainder strings? Yes, it is true that there are thirds all the way up the guitar neck on each pair of adjacent strings. This is really beyond the scope of this lesson and will be addressed in a more advanced Guitar Instruction Article.
Just remember the key elements: each third pair only has one note separating them, not matter what scale you are using. You can simply lay out each scale and circle the thirds - or if you know the scale for memory you can work it out on the fretboard.
- Memorize each of these thirds scales and this will require quite a lot of guitar practice on your part, but believe me you will be rewarded later on in your musical career.
The simplest way to explain thirds is that they are notes that are in "harmony". Kind of like singing three part harmony, only we are using just two of the parts.