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Here you’ll get the most comprehensive guide on how-to play triads for guitar.
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so you can learn every important triad that you might need in your guitar life.
How To Practice Triads On Guitar
The Descending Fifths Sequence
The notes of a descending fifths sequence are:
C F B E A D G C
The chords of the descending fifths sequence are
C F Bdim. Em Am Dm G C
Which translates to the following formula
I IV VII III VI II V I
Descending Fifths Sequence: Triad Walk Exercise
Exercise No. 2.1: Descending One Octave From Root Position
Exercise No. 2.2: Descending One Octave From 1st Inversion
Exercise No. 2.3: Descending Two Octaves From 2nd Inversion
Exercise No. 2.4: Descending Two Octaves From Root Position
Exercise No. 3.1: Ascending & Descending With Inversions On High E, B & G String
Exercise No. 3.2: Ascending & Descending With Inversions On B, G & D String
Exercise No. 3.3: Ascending & Descending With Inversions On G, D & A String
Exercise No. 3.4: Ascending & Descending With Inversions On D, A & Low E String
How Play Triads On Guitar
A-Minor Triads On Guitar
Once you’ve mastered all the triads here, make sure that you expand your knowledge! Use the triads here as a solid basis for your chord knowledge! Take look at the standard A-Minor chord shapes and see how they are basically made of the triads that you’ve learned here.
A-Diminished Triads On Guitar
The diminished triad is played relatively rarely as a chord on more than 3 strings. It’s just not that practical from a players perspective. It’s often a good idea to use the half-diminished seventh chord instead (m7b5). You can learn 11 Ways To Play The Am7b5 Chord chord here.
A-Major Triads On Guitar
Also, take a look at the A-Major chords and notice the connection between the triads and the typical standards chord shapes.
A-Augmented Triads On Guitar
This is really an easy one.
For the augmented triad there is only one shape for each set of three strings.
Here you can easily shift the same shape a major third up on the fretboard to play the inversions.
More good news: The shape on the g d & a strings is the very same shape as on the a d & low e string.
In other words, you
only need to learn three shapes to play the augmented triad on the entire fretboard.
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D-Minor Triads On Guitar
Take look at the standard D-Minor chord shapes and see how they are basically are made of the triads that you’ve learned here.
E-Major Triads On Guitar
Take look at the standard E-Major chord shapes and see how they are basically are made of the triads that you’ve learned here.