Interval Series - Diatonic 6ths

by Pedja Simovic

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  • Hi GMC!

    Welcome to another Interval Series lesson. Today we are covering Diatonic 6ths.
    In major and minor scales there are two types of Diatonic 6ths - major and minor. Major 6th has distance of four whole steps and one half step ! Minor 6th has four whole steps distance between two notes.
    This lesson uses both major and minor 6ths as well as melodic and harmonic ways of playing them.
    First part is harmonic while 16th note runs towards the end use melodic approach.

    Backing track is at 100bpm and is in E harmonic minor. E min, A min and B7 are the chrods. You can use E natural minor over E min and A min but as soon as B7 kicks in you should use E harmonic minor (B phrygian dominant mode).
    I encourage you to play lesson both fingerstyle and hybrid picking. It will help you strenghten your fingers and develop finger independence.

    I took Sting and his "Fragile" tune as guide for this lesson.
    For this lesson I used my custom built guitar going into POD X3 Live using effect Treadplate.

    When you complete this lesson you will:

    - Learn to play Diatonic 6ths in different ways (harmonic and melodic)

    - Analyze your own phrases and apply question and answer as well as straight and syncopated rhythm

    - Learn fingerstyle and hybrid picking

    - Apply 6ths in your improvising and original tunes!

    Have fun learning it and I hope to see some REC recordings for this one.


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