Climbing Run Using Thirds


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In today’s lesson we’re using thirds to create a tasty run we can use all the way up the fretboard! This is perfect for transitioning between scale patterns, or moving from one place to another on the fretboard, and can be made as long or as short as you please. As with the previous lesson, take your time with this – don’t try to play it too fast right at the beginning! Slow sounds good too.

Give it a shot, and let me know how it goes in the comments below!

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15 Responses to “Climbing Run Using Thirds”

  1. Sue January 26, 2017 at 4:29 am #

    Great teaching, hauntingly beautiful (just lost my husband) want to learn this for him

    • Jonathan Boettcher January 26, 2017 at 4:31 am #

      Hi Sue, my condolences for your loss… I’m happy to hear though, that playing guitar is able to help in some small way.

    • Greg June 20, 2017 at 11:29 am #

      Thx for the video. Your last note on the tabulators is a d not an a. It looks like it’s 1 string off

  2. Al January 26, 2017 at 7:24 am #

    I like this very much!

  3. Dick January 26, 2017 at 7:27 am #

    Jonathan, nice little run and I will definitely apply it. If we were doing a G major key of say G, C, D, where would that run start? I’m thinking at the G chord, and then minor, minor, major, major, up the neck. Am I right?

    • Jonathan Boettcher January 26, 2017 at 9:49 am #

      Hey Dick, it depends what G chord you’re starting with I guess, but an easy way to figure it out would be to take your bar chords – say starting with G on the 3rd fret – and then go up with the other chords in the key, just like you mentioned. If you’re using root 6 bar chords, then stay consistent, and you’ll see the pattern you want to use on the strings you’re focusing on. Does that make sense?

  4. john January 26, 2017 at 11:40 am #

    On the example you played using Aminor, Fmaj, Dminor, Eminor, What third(s) goes over each of the chords?

    • Jonathan Boettcher January 26, 2017 at 11:45 am #

      Hi John, you might like to checkout the previous lesson here:
      As it moves more in the direction of your question. Take Am for instance, there are two thirds that comprise that chord, A-C and C-E. So either of those would sound great, and keep in mind you can reverse the order of the notes too. Same holds true for the other chords:
      F major is F-A, and A-C
      D minor is D-F and F-A
      E minor is E-G and G-B

  5. Dick January 26, 2017 at 7:08 pm #

    Jonathan, thanks for the response. Really enjoy reading your emails and looking forward to more of your lessons.
    Thanks again,

  6. Ken January 27, 2017 at 12:18 pm #

    Would this be considered a 1- 4- 5- 6 pattern? Could use A
    minor pentatonic or C Major
    Aeolian with it?

    • Jonathan Boettcher January 27, 2017 at 9:47 pm #

      Hi Ken, I assume you’re referring to the jam track? If so, it’s in Am, so Am is the I.
      Am = I
      F – VI
      Dm – IV
      Em – V
      So the progression is a I – VI – IV – V (1 6 4 5).
      That said, you can use any scale pattern from A minor or C major to solo over this…

      • Dave W January 30, 2017 at 9:16 am #

        Sounds really good with Dm7 and Em7, as well.

  7. Bob N February 12, 2017 at 4:44 am #

    Nice ! Thank you

  8. Kenneth June 19, 2017 at 11:46 am #

    Great Video, Jonathan!! I have ONE word that I think describes it all…Brevity being the Soul of Wit…TASTY! That is a really nice pattern run and you applied it with the skill and expertise of a Master Craftsman demonstrating the fruits of your many years of learning and applying the knowledge and talents you possess. TASTY!! Amen.

  9. Len C June 19, 2017 at 1:39 pm #

    Was Good, Jonathan. Motivated me to pull your “Unlocking I-IV-V” and “Guitar Scale Patterns” courses out of hiding so I can review them.

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