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Broken Thirds, Week Two

This lesson is part of the course Weekly Guitar Workout with Scott Nygaard.
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This series of exercises will help guitarists learn the fingerboard and expand their knowledge of chord and scale theory, with handy tips on picking and fretting techniques that will improve their sound. Includes 100 workouts.
 
 
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FOUR-NOTE ARPEGGIOS 
 
This series of workouts consists of four-note arpeggios based on the harmonized major scale. You'll move through a series of arpeggios starting on each note of the major scale, in this case all in the key of G. So, for example, the first arpeggio starts on G, moves up a third to B, up another third to D, and up another third to F#, creating a Gmaj7 arpeggio in the process. The second arpeggio starts on A, moves up a third to C, up another third to E, and up another third to G, for an Am7 arpeggio. Notice that all the notes are in the key of G, so you'll get the four-note arpeggios that correspond to the harmonized major scale: Gmaj7, Am7, Bm7, Cmaj7, D7, Em7, and F#m7b5. Once you get to the top string, you'll move downward in thirds once again, but this time the arpeggios start on the seventh of the chord formed by the arpeggio. So, for example, the arpeggio starting on G moves down a third to E, down another third to C, and down another third to A, giving you an Am7 arpeggio that begins on the seventh (G) and moves downward to the root (A).
 
 
 
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BROKEN THIRDS   
 
BROKEN THIRDS   
 
Broken Thirds, Week Two
Broken Thirds, Week Two
 
Broken thirds are a great supplement to scale practice and are common exercises among classical musicians—violinists, cellists, etc. They’re not as common as they probably should be among guitarists however. Basically, broken thirds patterns are created by starting on the root of a scale step, moving up a third, and then repeating the third interval on each subsequent step of a scale. You can add a little variety to the pattern by inverting the thirds. For example, you can have the first third move up and the second move down (1–3, 4–2) and continue in this way throughout the exercise.

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