Advanced Guitar Lesson – G Major Scale in 3rds

If you feel you want to play more than single-note guitar scales, now could be a good time to start looking at harmonizing the scale intervals – this is a really powerful way to add more melody and harmony to your playing and insert short riffs between chords. A great place to start is the G major scale in 3rds, as it’s a key that lends itself well to this concept.

Harmonizing in 3rds literally means that you will be playing each note of the scale with the note a third above. In the key of G major this will be G and B, A and C, B and D, so playing every second note of the scale. You can, of course, harmonize guitar scales with 5ths, 6ths, 7ths or any other note, but 3rds are a popular choice as they provide a major or minor quality.

You will need to know your G major scale really well before tackling this lesson. If you need a review, you can checkout the other guitar scales lessons first.

Advanced Guitar Lesson – G Major Scale in 3rds:

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9 Responses to “Advanced Guitar Lesson – G Major Scale in 3rds”

  1. butch February 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    I’m no Ninja,but I like the sound of the 3rds,gonna have to work on them!!!!!

  2. Gordon McIntosh February 17, 2012 at 5:16 am #

    Lovely runs Colin need to practice to get the flow. Thank you.

  3. Skip February 17, 2012 at 7:12 am #

    Perfect! I have been working on thirds, this is a great
    help! Thank You!

  4. Budvtwin May 19, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    Please look at the tab for your shirt.  It is great.  Gotta have one.

  5. Helge February 21, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    Is it possible to get this down at a paper for exercise ?

  6. J.D March 24, 2013 at 4:58 am #

    Colin how R ya
    I ain’t pretty and my legs are thin; so can ya do me some tabs. I really like and enjoy the lesson. I play at breaks, lunch at work and through supper. That`s all the food I need to live. Thanx J.D.

    • Jonathan March 25, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

      Haha, sounds like you`re HUNGRY to learn guitar J.D.! That`s cool. Are you talking about tabs for songs? If so, we`re not able to post those on here due to copyright reasons, but we`re working on it for some of the other stuff.

  7. jstin Darosa January 13, 2014 at 9:46 pm #

    Hey Colin, First let me say I love the thirds next Your vocals are not in sync: with your lips and when you play the thirds and stop you still hear you playing your guitar. Now i don’t know if any body else has told you that but it throws me off watching you at first I thought it was my computer so i watch a couple of video and it’s not my computer. So I thought I would let you know take care my friend.

    • Jonathan January 14, 2014 at 8:35 am #

      Hi Jstin, I noticed that you left a similar comment on -- and yet the videos on both sites are syncing correctly when tested on multiple computers. I’m afraid the problem is most likely either your computer, or the internet connection…

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