Using 3rds In The G Major Scale

Here’s a more advanced guitar lessons for those of you who are ready for it!

In this lesson Colin will give you some ideas on using 3rds from the G major scale. You’ll have to know your scales pretty well to follow this, as Colin moves around using the whole fretboard, though he’s also using the E pentatonic minor scale (open position) quite a bit as well.

That E pentatonic minor scale is relative to G major, so it works perfectly here.

Most of the examples in the video are coming off the 1st and 3rd strings, though you’ll see towards the end he also dives into the inverted thirds on the 2nd and 4th strings as well, just to change things up a bit.

You can find more lessons by Colin Daniel at RiffNinja.com – I highly recommend checking out his site as he’s got tons of top notch guitar lessons there.

If after watching this you realize that you need a brush up on your guitar scales, I recommend checking out my course on Guitar Scale Patterns!

3rds In The G Major Scale

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23 Responses to “Using 3rds In The G Major Scale”

  1. Rob June 4, 2011 at 4:56 am #

    Thanks Colin.

  2. bishop June 4, 2011 at 7:04 am #

    hi there thanks that was really nice thanks again i like that

  3. Bob June 4, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    Aren’t those 6ths in the G major scale and not thirds? Confused.

    • Jonathan June 6, 2011 at 8:13 am #

      They’re inverted thirds… meaning the root note is the one with the higher pitch. Looked at the other way around, they would indeed be a 6th, but you always have to figure out where the root is, and work from there.

  4. Dennis R June 4, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    nice, but why didn’t you explain
    the finger positions on those 3rds?
    or did i miss the explanation in a previous
    video?
    Dennis R

  5. eddie June 4, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    Thanks for the great riff Colin.I like the way you play the 3rds in \D in reverse.Definately gets me pickin’

  6. Al McCausland June 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    Colin,
    This was great and it looks really easy unless you’re like me that doesn’t know jack about music theory. Thanks!
    Al

    • mark June 4, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

      simple theory G major is G A B C D E F# G ( any major scale is figured W W H W W W H) W- whole step, G to A or E to F#… H- half step F# to G for example) so knowing the G major scale is G A B C D E F# G . Give each letter a number G is 1 A is 2 B is 3….. a major chord is the 1,3,and 5 note for G major GBD makes the chord tones 1st and 3rd would be G and B what he is playing on the 1 and 2,3 strings. In a major scale the first note The I is always major ( G Major) the ii(2) chord is Am(inor)ACE. III B minor (BD F#). IV is always major in this case C major(CEG). V chord is D7(D F# A C). vi 6 chord E minor( EGB). The vii is rarely played. I IV V of a scale are the most used chords. On guitar a chord should have the 1,3,5 of the chord tones they can be repeated C major open x32010= 6 string muted or if open E, 5 str.C, 4 str E, 3 str open G, 2 str 1 fret is C, 1 str open is E (ECEGE) I hope that helps the theory it is really not that hard. If you have any questions Email me I’ve been playing for almost a year. I know my theory well, but my strumming needs work. Have fun Mark (smurfinmaui at hotmail.com

      • Jonathan June 6, 2011 at 8:11 am #

        Hey Mark – you covered a lot of ground in there, but you’re bang on :)

  7. marian June 4, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

    I foud it difficult to follow.

  8. kenner June 4, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    nice stuff but poor explanations.talk too much and goes too fast .tells more what to do than show how to do it

  9. Richard June 5, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    Love the sound of this progression but will have to watch it many times to get the chords and rythym.

  10. Mike June 5, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    Hi There Colin
    Some Tabs would certianly help see what your fingers are doing.
    Cheers
    Mike

  11. jeff June 6, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    Speedy. That was “E minor pentatonic” for the related scale?
    Great.

  12. Dave June 7, 2011 at 6:16 am #

    Tab please!

  13. Frank June 7, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

    Check out “Clock Diatonic Harmony” on YOUTUBE. It explains the theory via a clock face.

  14. Robert Manuel June 27, 2011 at 6:28 am #

    Thank for this Colin. It may sound a little advance guitar lessons for some of those I am currently teaching but it feels nice to have another approach of teaching it from another mentor. Thanks again! :)

  15. Dominic July 2, 2011 at 4:56 am #

    You my friend are a good taecher!
    You do make it FUN and simple.
    Thank you,
    Dom

  16. bruce July 5, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    Good , but to fast , n not accurate description of what your doing . lt just looks like show off noodling.

  17. Justin July 28, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    Yeah, that’s the thing with Colin. He goes way too fast and doesn’t show you exactly what he’s doing. There were several licks I would have loved to learn from some of Colin’s previous lessons…

  18. Denis McCourt October 14, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    Colin

    I have been struggling with 3rds, but your video here(Jonathan kindly directed me to) has opened the door for me.

    I was able to go to my major and Minor scales and work things out. Now I understand .

    I should be able to transpose into other keys

    Thanks again

    Denis McCourt
    Ireland

  19. Blsankey June 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    Ninja , you are going way to fast with no explanation of which hand , or fingers are where , or why. As a teacher slow down , n explain better rather than just razzle dazzling us with  an entertaining  performance, where we have no idea what you just did or how you did it.

    • Jonathan Boettcher June 28, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

      This lesson is a bit more advanced; if you don’t know the scale patterns Colin is working with in here, then you need to start by learning those first. This lesson is not intended to teach these intervals from the ground up…  you can start here: http://playguitar.com/guitar-scales/

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