Vertical Truth: Chordal Mechanisms for the Guitar

Unit 3: Open Position Triads

Open position triads (also called, "open-voiced triads") are the foundation upon which many extended and altered chords are built. They occur in ALL styles of music.


This is a lesson series that is supplemental to Unit 3: Triads

Open position triads are especially prevalent in certain genres of Rock (e.g. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish and Incubus), Jazz and Traditional Country, especially Western Swing.

This product is a downloadable PDF that contains:​

  • 29 pages

  • 8 lessons with explanatory text and music notation

  • 184 fretboard diagrams

  • 12 demonstration video links

  • Every type: Major, Minor, Augmented, Diminished and Suspended

  • Every position on the neck in every key.

  • Progression exercises that apply the material in a musical context.

What does the PDF look like?

Take a look:

Required Prerequisites:

To get the most from Open Position Triads, these 3 prerequisites are necessary;

​5-Lesson Foundational Series: There's a free, webpage-based version here, but you must be a Site Member and logged in to access.

Major Scales: Free, but you must be a Site Member and logged in to access.

Unit 3: Triads - $99.00. Site Members Discount: $49.00


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  • Members-Only Discounts: These discounts are available at all times to Site Members and are at least 50% off - in some cases more. Compare the Site Member price to the full price given above for Open Position Triads for example.

  • New Product Launches: New products are launched first to Site Members only. A new product launch typically lasts 5 days and the product is priced even lower than the Members-Only Discount. For instance, the full price for Open Position Triads is $79. The Members-Only Discount price is $39. The launch price was $29. Again; these launches are to Site Members only!

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