Vertical Truth: Chordal Mechanisms for the Guitar
Unit 3: Triads
Triads occur in every genre. No matter what kind of music you're into, you'll need to have at least a functional knowledge of triads if not a theoretical, exhaustive knowledge. This lesson series will give you all of it!
Interested? Read on!
This lesson series on Triads consists of a PDF that contains:
253 fretboard diagrams
21 music notation examples
27 demonstration video links.
All triad types are covered: Major, Minor, Augmented, Diminished & Suspended.
All close position voicings are covered: Root Position, 1st Inversion & 2nd Inversion.
All positions - that's 4 different positions on the neck for all the above - are covered in every key.
After working through this lesson series there will be no mystery to triads!
Here's what the PDF looks like:
Why Learn Triads?
They occur in every genre. No matter what kind of music you're into, you'll need to have at least a functional knowledge of triads if not a theoretical, exhaustive knowledge. This lesson series will give you all of it.
Here are just a few examples from Hendrix, Steve Cropper (Booker T & the MGs, the Blues Brothers and many others), John Mellencamp, Bob Marley, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), Van Halen and other 80's Rock examples as well as classic rock bands like the Doobie Brothers, the Allman Brothers and Free. Check it out:
253 Fretboard Diagrams?!?
You could do just the first lesson out of 7 and walk away from it and still have massive benefit to your playing.
Let me prove that to you. In the following video I will teach you two triad shapes – just 2 – and show you how you can play entire songs with just those 2 triad shapes.
As an added bonus, for you Rolling Stones fans, I will show how those 2 triad shapes apply to the Open G tuning. Songs like Gimme Shelter, Start Me Up, Brown Sugar, Beast of Burden and Honky Tonk Women all use Open G.
BTW: the Stones aren't the only band that uses the Open G tuning – there are many; Blues, Folk and Country musicians have been using it for decades. Slide players in all genres use it. George Thorogood, Johnny Winter and the Black Crowes all come to mind.
So...2 triad shapes = entire songs:
Triad Technique Issues
Sometimes when a guy like me is teaching, because I've been playing for years I forget to tell the student how to do something.
It's one thing to understand; the understanding is about 2% of it. It's another thing entirely to be able to actually play.
Usually what I neglect to talk about has something to do with technique. Because of constant use and repetition, I've sublimated most of my technique and don't think about it much.
But that wasn't always the case; I've put major amounts of time and sweat-equity into technique work. If you want to be a good guitar player, you must do so as well.
So with that in mind, here's a couple of technique issues that commonly occur when first learning to play triads:
To get the most out of this lesson series on triads, there are a couple things of which you need to have a working knowledge:
The 5-Lesson Foundational Series: I encourage all Site Members to go through this series; almost everything I teach presupposes it. It will give you the ability to find any note, anywhere on the fretboard. There is a free, webpage-based version of it, but you must be a Site Member to access it.
The First 2 Major Scale Patterns in this Lesson: This is a free webpage-based lesson but you must be a Site Member to access it.
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