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Major Third Intervals

A major third interval is the distance from any note to a note four half-steps away either ascending or descending. It is a consonant interval.

Be sure your guitar is in tune before playing the following examples.

A Major Third Interval on the Guitar

A major third above A is C#.

Guitar tablature of A major third intervals

Bb (A#) Major Third Interval on the Guitar

A major third above Bb is D.

A major third above A# is Cx (double sharp). Notice that Cx is actually a D note. However, a D above A# is a diminished fourth. Also notice that a minor third above A# is C#. A major third is one half-step more than a minor third. Therefore, to indicate this is a major third a Cx is used instead of a D.

Guitar tablature of A#/Bb major third intervals

B Major Third Interval on the Guitar

A major third above B is D#.

Note: Cb is a B. A major third above Cb is Eb.

Guitar tablature of B major third intervals

C Major Third Interval on the Guitar

A major third above C is E.

Note: B# is a C. A major third above B# is Dx (double sharp).

Guitar tablature of C major third intervals

Db (C#) Major Third Interval on the Guitar

A major third above Db is F.

A major third above C# is E#.Notice that E# is actually an F note. However, an F above C# is a diminished fourth. Also notice that a minor third above C# is E. A major third is one half-step more than a minor third. Therefore, to indicate this is a major third an E# is used instead of an F.

Guitar tablature of C#/Db major third intervals

D Major Third Interval on the Guitar

A major third above D is F#.

Guitar tablature of D major third intervals

Eb (D#) Major Third Interval on the Guitar

A major third above Eb is G.

A major third above D# is Fx (double sharp). Notice that Fx is actually a G note. However, a G above D# is a diminished fourth. Also notice that a minor third above D# is F#. A major third is one half-step more than a minor third. Therefore, to indicate this is a major third an Fx is used instead of a G.

Guitar tablature of D#/Eb major third intervals

E Major Third Interval on the Guitar

A major third above E is G#.

Note: Fb is an E. A major third above Fb is Ab.

Guitar tablature of E major third intervals

F Major Third Interval on the Guitar

A major third above F is A.

Note: E# is an F. A major third above E# is Gx (double sharp).

Guitar tablature of F major third intervals

F# (Gb) Major Third Interval on the Guitar

A major third above F# is A#.

A major third above Gb is Bb.

Guitar tablature of F#/Gb major third intervals

G Major Third Interval on the Guitar

A major third above G is B.

Guitar tablature of G major third intervals

Ab (G#) Major Third Interval on the Guitar

A major third above Ab is C.

A major third above G# is B#. Notice that B# is actually a C note. However, a C above G# is a diminished fourth. Also notice that a minor third above G# is B. A major third is one more half-step more than a minor third. Therefore, to indicate this is a major third a B# is used instead of a C.

Guitar tablature of G#/Ab major third intervals

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