TRIADS: Inside Out - Module 2 Sneak Peek - Using the major scale as a blueprint for Triads in a Major Key

In module 2 of ‘TRIADS: Inside Out’ we are taking the triad inversions that were learnt in the first module and applying them to the chords in a key to be able to play through any diatonic major chord progression.

Chords scales (playing up through the diatonic chords in the scale) is a super useful exercise to learn chord shapes and how they relate to one another. You can do this with triads, barre chords, seventh chords etc. We are, of course, focusing upon triads at the moment. Rather than climbing up the neck horizontally with the chord scale (which is the most common approach, keeping the triads in the same inversion) we are playing through the chord scale within one particular area of the fretboard. I like to call these ‘segments’, so here is an example playing through the first segment in the key of G major, keeping it all between the 2nd and 5th fret of the guitar.

Module 2 goes through these chord scales in all the different segments of the fretboard and demonstrates how you can use that to quickly add a guitar part to a chord progression. You can find out more about the course and sign up by hitting the button below:

Part 1 of TRIADS: Inside Out - Learning your Closed Voicing Triad Inversions

The first thing you need to learn about triads is the intervals that make up the four different types (major, minor, diminished and augmented) and how to play their different ‘inversions’ up the neck.

The graphic below summarises the content of the first module of my latest video course release ‘TRIADS: Inside Out’. You can sign up and join us inside right now if you want to find out more (which you really should. Triads are SO useful).

Closed voicings find the three notes of the triads as close as they possibly can be within one octave. With the triad containing three notes (a Root, third and fifth), there are three different combinations of these three intervals, known as the inversions.

We have (in order of pitch)

  • Root - Third - Fifth (a root position triad)

  • Third - Fifth - Root (a first inversion triad)

  • Fifth - Root - Third (a second inversion triad)

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The examples shown are the four different triad shapes rooted in C on (what I call) string set 1 (the high E, B and G strings).

There are a couple of great exercises within the course to help you memorise the shapes so definitely check it out and I hope to see you inside!

New Slice: A great exercise from TRIADS: Inside Out to help master your Major Triad Inversions

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Here is a sneak peek of an exercise from the first module of my latest video course release, ‘TRIADS: Inside Out’.

After taking you through the theory of the major triad and the different ways it can be played, this exercise will help you to memorise all the major triad inversions from all 12 possible root notes on (what I like to call) string set 1 (the high E, B and G strings).

As a little bonus, I uploaded this exercise to my Soundslice profile, so you can try and learn the exercise along to the interactive tab that syncs to the video. Very cool! I hope to be using Soundslice a lot more in the near future.

You can also download the tab for the exercise by clicking the links below:

Tab .pdf

Tab .gp (Guitar Pro 7)

Tab .gpx (Guitar Pro 6 and earlier)

I will be releasing a new module in the course every Friday until the curriculum is complete. I hope you’ll consider joining us inside.

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