Guitar Challenge (Improv) - Using 3rds In Your Improvisations (tracks & ideas by Richard_close2u)

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This topic is built on backing tracks created by @Richard_close2u.

It’s time to incorporate some 3rds in to your improvisations. Check this original Forum topic (soon to be migrated) for more, much more, information:

3rds & Thirds ... an exploration to enjoy]

And check these TABs for a whole bunch of 3rds that can be played on the B & E or the G & B or the D & G strings respectively.

3rds on G & B strings

In the topic linked above, we see how these 3rds derive from and connect back to the D Major scale at virtually every step. But they can be used in many other ways besides playing in the key of D Major or over a D major backing track.

Here I would like to invite and encourage you to explore playing them in different ways. I have created three backing tracks for this.

1] B minor Blooze (named in honour of CT): Stream B Minor Blooze by Mrclose2u | Listen online for free on SoundCloud

This is a i, iv, v 12 bar blues in B minor (with chords Bm, Em and F#m). Try playing the D Major 3rds tabbed above with licks and riffs from the B minor pentatonic scale. If you know them, spice it up with some licks from the B minor blues and B natural minor scales over this backing track.

2] B minor rock ballad: Stream Bm Slow Rock Ballad by Mrclose2u | Listen online for free on SoundCloud

A ballad in B minor (with chords Bm x2, G x2, D x1, A x1, Bm x2). Try playing the D Major 3rds tabbed above, mixed in with some triads for the chords in the progression along with licks and riffs from the B minor pentatonic scale over this backing track.

3] Em7 / A7 two chord vamp: Stream Em7 A7 Vamp E Dorian by Mrclose2u | Listen online for free on SoundCloud

Try playing the D Major 3rds tabbed above with licks and riffs from the E minor pentatonic scale over this backing track. If you know it, spice it up with some licks from the E dorian scale over this backing track.

Have fun.

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