Major Scale Harmonized in Thirds
We start our interval studies by looking at third intervals. I will show you how to play a Major Scale in thirds which will open your ears up to the sound of third intervals and how they relate to given degrees of the Major Scale.
By knowing how third intervals appear on the fretboard, and knowing which degrees of the Major Scale correspond to major and minor thirds, we can readily play a Major Scale that is harmonized in thirds. While the fretboard diagram is only showing G Major and A Minor Thirds, once we know how major and minor third intervals appear on the fretboard we can apply the shapes to any major or minor triads. So take a look at the tab and get started on a new scale journey!
In the tablature you will see that the major and minor third interval shapes you are playing are the same shapes that you see in the fretboard diagram. The trickiest part of this exercise will be accomplishing the position shifts needed to play the G Major Scale in thirds. So just take your time, starting with a slow tempo and make sure you are playing the exercise accurately with solid timing.
When you ready, work the exercise up to higher tempos, as this will help reinforce position shifting which will come in handy for just about all other aspects of your guitar playing!
Criteria for Mastery: You can play the exercise cleanly at 120 BPM or faster and you understand how major and minor thirds are laid out on the fretboard
Please see the theory overview in the introduction to this guitar lesson.