Guitar Instruction Triads
Guitar Instruction | Progression of Triads. Get lots of guitar practice in this free guitar lesson for guitar triad progressions. We show them and explain them to you.
- Guitar Instruction - Triads
- Triads In C G D
- Triads In A E F Bb
What are triad's you say? In this Guitar Instruction tutorial, we will get into the theory of how triad's are constructed and show you most of the fifth's for each of (7) scales, included C, G, D, A, E, F, Bb.
The reason we won't explore the remainder of the keys is these 7 are the predominate chords and scale that you can play in the open positions. The other thirds can be attained by the use of a Capo.
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First, let's start off by looking at a couple of basic scales. We will look at the scale of C Major and G Major in the illustration Below. Please note that a scale does not need to start off with the root of the scale name. What this means is that usually the C Major scale would start off with a "C" note. You can start off with any note in the scale as long as you are true to the note positions. In these 2 examples below, we DO start off with each scale's root note - those being a "C" in the C Major Scale and a "G" in the G Major Scale.
The "Tab Notes" In blue pretty much sum everything up as to how to construct the triads..
Triads mare easily played with both fingerstyle guitar and flatpicking. They are essentially 3 notes played together on 3 adjacent strings to form a 3 note
chord. The high note of each 3-note chord carries the scale of the triads. The other 2 notes are added to fill-in the scale with notes that are related harmonically to the scale or high note. This is more commonly known as 3-part harmony.
As you can see, the triads are not made up of only the Root Chord. For instance in the Key of C Major the triad's are made up of not only C Major, but
F Major and G Seventh as well - you know the 3 basic chords of the Major scale. Also there can be quite a bit of variation in the manner or chording of each triad.
The 3-note chords shown here are not the only solution for each triad.
Just remember the key elements: each triad consists of just 3 notes. All of these notes are played as a strum or picked with the fingers of the right hand. All the notes are played on adjacent strings. Can you play triad's on other than adjacent strings? The short answer is yes, but that pertains more to fingerstyle guitar and will be addressed in fingerstyle lessens in the near future.
Memorize each of these triad scales and this will require quite a lot of guitar practice on your part, but believe me you will be rewarded later on in your musical career.
The simplest way to explain fifth's is that they are notes that are in "harmony". Kind of like singing three part harmony, only we are using just two of the parts. When we play Triads, we combine thirds and fifths together to form 3 notes together or true 3-part harmony.
- Also note that the left hand fingering shown here is for guidance only. There are several ways to finger many of these triad's and we have even shown you some variation within these documents. Some guitar players may find it easier to play chords with different fingers than shown here and you are certainly welcome to explore that idea.