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Thirds in D – Advanced Guitar Lesson

In my opinion, if you can fully understand how to use thirds on your guitar, you’ve come a long way… Thirds are one of the best sounding harmonies to the human ear, and there are many, many different ways in which they can be applied on the guitar.

In these guitar lessons I try to bring out elements of that, but to really understand it you’re going to have to dig into this on your own too. I’ve posted videos on thirds in the G major scale, and inverted thirds in G, and today’s guitar lesson looks at some thirds off the second and third strings in D major.

If you can’t see my hand very well, the only two patterns I’m using are the minor third (0-0-0-4-3-0) and the major third (0-0-0-5-5-0). Take those two patterns, and move them up the fretboard, and you’ll find what I’m working with.

If that’s all completely Greek to you, I highly recommend checking out my course on Guitar Scale Patterns, which will really open up the fretboard for you.

The big takeaway from this lesson is recognizing the two different thirds patterns, major and minor, and then recognizing how those relate to the various scale patterns up and down the fretboard. Once you tie them all together in your mind, the whole fretboard is your oyster…

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  1. I’m already an old artist, and i just like to go & visit your site, its alway an inspiration and hope in humanity watching great, generous Big Boys acts as yours 🙂
    Have a Positive New Year 🙂

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  2. Hey Jon, very interesting lesson for us today. Thanks alot for sharing this as its going to really get my mind stimulated and I can hardly wait for it. By the way, is that a new Tak. Its a beautiful piece and i love the cutaway. I have an old takamine 12 string and it sounds like an orchestra all by itself. Taks have a really rich sound and yours is no exception. Thanks for the cool lesson and hope you have a great holiday season.

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  3. Your guitar is awesome, and it suits your playing. It is like a good married couple, they compliment the other.
    This is a really good lesson and I am going to get into this.
    Have a Merry Christmas and a most Prosperous New Year in health, wealth and spirit.

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  4. great lesson. I’m looking for more along this line, solo acoustic guitar fills while singing.,intermediate level. Not much on the web past beginner for acoustic guitar, other than blues. Looking forward to more like this!

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  5. Hey Jonathan…Loved this last gift from you. I’ll tell you…I’ve stolen so much stuff from you I should be arrested! This was very insightful…loved the D-G balance. I’ve gotten both ‘Unlocking’ and ‘Scale Patterns’ and all I need is the time to let them soak in. I’m 61 and, for the first time in my life, really buckling down and PRACTICING. Thanks very much for your lessons….free and otherwise. And a very Merry Christmas to you and you family.
    -Saul Good-

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  6. Jonathan,thanks so much for the lesson on 3rds-a wonderful discovery for me-I was so happy I cried-it’s 2 0’clock in the morning & I still can’t sleep. Blessings upon thee! Ron T

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  7. Jon, I know I have commented on this video in the past but man I gotta tell ya, after working on this for awhile, I absolutely LOVE this lesson. This one lesson has opened my eyes to so many different things on the fretboard. It seems like once I think I have gotten all I can get out of this lesson, I notice something brand new and totally spend the rest of the evening on that new discovery. Thank you thank you thank you for this lesson. Wow, I actually feel like I’m not an amateur anymore cuz all this stuff is really starting to click. Thanks again bro, this is amazing. Really great stuff right here.

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  8. A good lesson and of course you could do any other diatonic interval as well which leads to  weeks of study. Usually I think in terms of single notes when thinking of intervals, but this is a good primer on doublestops.

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