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Intervals Fatten Up Your Sound

A Complete Introduction To The Music Theory Of Intervals

These "mini chords" are the distance between two notes. The most commonly used by fingerstyle guitarists are 6ths and 10ths.

Play a C major scale beginning on the 3rd fret of the 5th string. Count as you play, giving a number to each note in the scale.

The distance between the 3rd fret of the 5th string and the 2nd fret of the 3rd string is a sixth.

Lower the note on the 3rd string by one fret and you have a minor 6th.

Do the same thing again, but this time keep going until you get to the 5th fret of the 2nd string. This is a 10th.

Lower the note on the second string by one fret and you have a minor 10th. The 10th is great for fingerstyle guitarists to use. It sounds like a big chord but it only uses 2 notes. This makes it easy to grab so it's great to use in fast moving parts of a song.

The examples below shows how to play scales using 6ths and 10ths. There is also a short song using 10ths to show them in action. Major Scale in 6ths Tenths Scales Tenth's Tunes Intervals add variety and fullness to your playing.

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