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Chris Liepe

Triads: Everything You Need to Know

Chris Liepe breaks through his 10th lesson with a detailed discussion of triads. Dig in and take these triads for a ride!

Taught by Chris Liepe in Basic Electric Guitar with Chris seriesLength: 24:14Difficulty: 2.5 of 5
In this lesson, you will learn the basic movable major and minor triad forms along two different sets of strings. The theory behind triads, in-depth demonstrations, and an extended practice track are provided to help drive the concept of major and minor triads home.

A Triad...
Is a group of three notes that can be played either melodically (one after another) or harmonically (all together at the same time -- a chord). It is the most basic form of a chord, and most chords include a complete triad along with either duplicate or additional notes.

A triad is built from a "root" (R), a 3rd, and a 5th. The root is the note that the triad is based on. In this case, the root is not specific to any key, simply the note by which the triad is defined. Be sure to view the "intervals" lesson in this series if you have not already.

The three notes comprising the triad can be stacked in any order with any of the three notes functioning as the bass note (which does not change the root of the triad, just the lowest note). When played in any order other than R, 3rd, 5th, an "inversion" of the triad occurs. A triad with the 3rd in the bass is called a "1st inversion" triad. A triad with the 5th in the bass is considered to be a "2nd inversion" triad. In songs you have played, you may have seen a chord written as "G/B" or "A/E". The first note (the root) is the name of the chord. The second note is the bass note. Since B is the 3rd of G, G/B is an example a 1st inversion triad.

This lesson covers both major and minor triads. A minor triad shares all characteristics with the major except that the 3rd is lowered a half step (b3).

Refer to the "Major and Minor Triads" sheet in the supplemental content for all of the positions covered.

The Backing Track:
This track covers all positions taught in the lesson. All positions are first illustrated in the supplemental content as either a G major or G minor chord. The track starts with major triads in the key of D, and then goes to G major for the 1-3 string positions. Half way through, the track switches to minor positions. Note the triplet feel. You'll start out playing whole notes, and then work in strum patterns as you feel comfortable. It is less important to strum accurately to the provided tab and more important to start feeling comfortable with the positions. The track simply provides you a musical context to get familiar with the positions, and a way to apply what you are learning. Have fun with this one! -Chris

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What's up everyone.

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Chris from with another beginner lesson for you.

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Today we are going to be talking about triads.

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What is a triad you ask.

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We've covered major scales a little bit and we've covered intervals.

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So the explanation for triads ought to make sense.

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A triad is simply three notes. Hence tri.

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With the one of the scale or a chord, the three and five all played in sequence so melodically or harmonically all together.

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What we are doing is we're defining a root which in this case in this particular triad is the base note and then we're taking interval the third

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and putting that above the root and an interval of the fifth and also placing that above the root.

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That's a basic triad.

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Today we're going to be covering two forms of triads and a number of different inversions.

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So a form of a triad is where the notes are altered in some way.

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In this case we're going to be covering major triads which is root, regular third, fifth

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and a minor triad which is root, lowered third, lowered one fret and a fifth.

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So major is root, three, five or one, three, five.

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Minor is root, flat three, five or one, flat three, five.

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Now an inversion is where you are going to be rearranging the notes.

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So here we are playing the notes in order: one, three, five.

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Every first inversion triad is instead of having your root as your base note you're going to have your third as a base note

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so your first inversion triad is going to be three, then you're going to go to your fifth and then your root.

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So your first inversion triad: third in the base, third, fifth, root.

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Then your second inversion triad is going to be fifth as the base note then your root in the middle and then your third on the top.

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So these all have unique sounds to them but they are all the same notes.

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They are just used in different contexts and you've probably heard these things all the time.

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Triads are very, very powerful when used correctly.

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Or even when used incorrectly they can be powerful.

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So let's go over these positions that I am playing really quick.

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Today we're going to be learning our triad positions based off of strings four, three and two and three, two and one.

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So we're going to be learning two different string sets of triad positions

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and there also is a backing track that we are going to be working over in the lesson today to start applying some of these things.

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So to teach these shapes we are going to be working out of the key of G and this first one here is going to be third finger fifth fret, then second

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finger fourth fret and first finger third fret and that's going to be on strings four, three and two.

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That's a major triad and it's played with these three fingers.

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To simply make this triad minor remember this is just a regular no inversion or anything just a regular position

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so we're going to be lowering this middle note which is the third a half step and that gives us our minor triad.

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The next position we're going to look at is the first inversion major, third in the base.

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So that would be ninth fret fourth string, seventh fret third string, eighth fret B string or second string.

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Since this is a first inversion triad the third is the base note.

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We're going to lower that one fret or a distance of a half step and I'm going to change my fingering around to make it easier to play.

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There is my minor triad in this position.

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So. Major.

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Next we're going to deal with our second inversion G major triad and this can be played with your first finger

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on the twelfth fret across your fourth your third and your second strings.

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Now because this is a second inversion triad our third is on the top and our fifth is in the base.

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So we're going to lower the third right here a distance of a half step, one fret and we're going to get this.

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Let me blow through these really quick and you can hear the differences and similarities between the two.

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So we've got G major.
G minor.

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G major first inversion.
G minor first inversion.

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G major second inversion.
G minor second inversion.

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Refer to the supplemental content and that will help you get these things memorized for jamming to the track.

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Let's move on to our second sets of triads in G major.

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These are going to be on strings three, two and one.

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Let's take a quick breather and we'll cover those in the next section.

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Back with major and minor G triads in a number of different positions here.

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So due to the nature of how the notes are laid out on the guitar we've got to move around the neck a little differently.

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We can't just start low and high.

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Here they are.

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On strings three, two and one here are your G major and G minor triad shapes.

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First one.

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This is going to be twelfth fret on your three and your two strings and then tenth fret on your first string.

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Since this is just a regular triad our third is in the middle, one, three, five and we're going to drop that just a half step and we have our minor form.

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Next we have this position.

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Now this one is our second inversion.

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Not our first inversion but our second inversion.

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It's got the fifth in the base and then it's got the root and then it's got the third on the top.

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It looks suspiciously like a D chord.

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Kind of cool.

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Here's your major version second inversion and since our third is on the top we're simply going to lower that a distance of one fret like we've been

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doing and change my fingering around so I'm going to move my second finger up to the third string

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and then my first finger down to the first string.

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So fingering on this one here is first finger G string seventh fret, third finger eighth fret second string and second finger seventh fret first string.

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Fingering for the minor triad version.

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String three you're going to be using your second finger.

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String two your third finger.

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String one your first finger.

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This looks suspiciously like a D minor just played up the neck.

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Going to our first inversion version we've got the third in the base.

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Then we've go the root.
Third, fifth, root.

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Now the fingering here is second finger fourth fret, first finger just bar across the B and the E strings.

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To make this minor, again, because your third is the base note you're going to lower that a half step and you've got your first inversion G minor triad.

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Those are the positions we're going to be working through.

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I strongly recommend you practice them just like we did where you're moving from,

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you're moving them around you're practicing the major and the minor forms.

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Now mix it up a little bit get really comfortable with playing these and then we'll be practicing to a track to help you apply some of these.

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This track is kind of cool it's going to give you some musical ideas of how to apply these triads.

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Hopefully in your own writing arranging and figuring out songs

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then you'll be able to spot some of these triads a be able to apply them to a greater level.

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Before we get into that though I want to go over a little bit of a technique I've been using to play these triads and play all the notes at the same time.

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It's not a requirement that you do this and you won't really be doing it with the track but it sounds cool and it's a cool technique to learn.

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I'm using a technique with my right hand called hybrid picking

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and what that means is I'm using a pick and I'm using my fingers to get all the strings to sound exactly at the same time.

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So if I'm playing my basic G triad here I've got my pick on my fourth string and I've got my second finger my middle finger on G string or third string.

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Lastly I've got my ring finger on my B string.

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So work on doing that a little bit.

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The other thing about this is your squeezing kind of together where you are picking up with your fingers using the pad of your fingers

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and you are picking down with your pick.

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Just a little side note and we'll get on to picking techniques later but that's how I'm generating that sound

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where everything is played at the same time.

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In the next section we're going to be breaking down the track and then we will look at playing along with the track.

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So you may or may not have listened to the track already.

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In this section we're going to be breaking it down.

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We're going to be using all of the different forms we've looked at but we are not going to be sticking to the key of G.

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We're going to be utilizing the whole neck and applying these in a musical sense.

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Starting with this triad form which is a second inversion form, it's got your fifth in the base.

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Fifth, one, three and this is a D major triad.

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This is played on the seventh fret with your first finger barring strings four, three and two.

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Next we are going to go to a first inversion G chord.

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G triad which we learned before.

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First inversion means we've got our third in the base remember.

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So going back and forth between these two is going to sound like this and you're essentially switching chords from D to G.

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Next we are going to be working on a regular A triad down here which is our G triad that we learned before simply moved up two frets.

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That's the cool thing about these triad shapes is they are completely movable.

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If you need to play a chord in a different place and be a little more creative with your electric guitar playing

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simply figure out where the triads are and build your progression around those.

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So the track starts off like this.

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You're playing a D chord, second inversion triad, to a G, to an A and back to a D.

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Then the track is going to move to the key of G and we're going to start on this second inversion G triad which we've already learned.

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Then we're going to move to a first inversion C triad which if you remember this shape from earlier

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we were working on this down here on G.

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This is a C triad this is the third in the base.

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Then we're going to be going to a regular D triad.

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This shape as you recall from up here on our G moved down to fifth fret where your first finger is going to be.

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We've got our second finger seventh fret, third finger seventh fret, first finger fifth fret on strings three, two and one.

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That progression is going to look like and sound like this.

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That's going to go back and forth with these other triads that we worked on just a bit ago.

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Do that a few times and then move to…

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or fingering it that way depending on how you'd like to do it.

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That's the first half of the track.

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All focused around the major triads gives you a chance first to strum one triad at a time and then it gets you into a little bit of a rhythm.

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Feel free to strum however you would like to and practice switching however you would like to.

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The track merely suggests a couple different ways of creatively applying them.

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At mid track point we switch to all minors.
So we go over the minor positions.

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Now you may find yourself having to stop the track mid track, back it up, rewind it a little bit and prepare yourself to tackle the minor ones.

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If you don't have to do that cool but don't feel bad if you have to because it's a little bit of an abrupt shift.

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Basically we are taking the same positions and the same triads and we're just playing them all minor.

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So we started with this D major triad.
That's going to be a D minor triad now.

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If you'll remember this is a second inversion triad so our third is on the top dropping that one fret.

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The next one we did was a G major triad, first inversion which means our third is in the base so we drop that one fret and we've got that.

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Our progression is going to go from here to here.

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Next. We were playing this triad which is a regular A triad and we're just going to lower the third which is in the middle

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one fret and then to do that we'll bar here because it makes a little more sense.

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Again, this is going to look like this.

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So if we make the first, second and third string position triads all minor that is going to be the rest of this track.

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We start here on the seventh fret G string, eighth fret B string and sixth fret E string or first string.

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Again, this is that D minor form looking triad with your fifth in the base.

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We were here.
Now we're here.

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Then our next triad shape is going to look like this so you're barring first finger all on the eighth fret.

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Then the final position where you've got seventh fret third string, sixth fret second string and fifth fret first string.

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There was your major shape because it's a regular triad we are moving this a half step down and we've got our minor.

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That progression is going to sound like this.

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So we've outlined all of those different chords and I'm going to go ahead in the next session and play along to the track.

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Feel free to play along if you can and if you want to or simply watch how it's executed and work up to it in your own practice.

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Listen as Chris plays along to the track.
Feel free to play along at home.

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Listen as Chris plays along to the track.
Feel free to play along at home.

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Listen as Chris plays along to the track.
Feel free to play along at home.

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Alright. There are your basic triad formations on the guitar on your top four strings.

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Apply the backing track and utilize the supplemental material and start using those in your playing and in your writing.

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Until next time this is Chris.

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Member Comments about this Lesson

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RobertoreyesRobertoreyes replied

How did I survive 20 years of playing bars without this knowledge???

LSCalgaryLSCalgary replied

Awesome lessons Chris!! :)

BradleyABradleyA replied

This is a HUGE a-ha moment for me. I *knew* there was a pattern of some sort to what I was seeing people playing at times. Like a C or D chord, but played elsewhere on the neck. NOW it makes perfect sense. I wish I had known what this was called back then. Won't take me long to learn these now. This is friggin' awesome!

BradleyABradleyA replied

While playing the first exercise in D, I noticed that if you add the vi chord (in this case, a Bm for a I-vi-IV-V progression), it sounds a lot like "Hang Fire" by the Rolling Stones. I'm hearing triads all over the place now.

schlomsschloms replied


Jason.MounceJason.Mounce replied

Hi schloms! Try reducing your video quality using the "HD" button found in the lower right hand corner of the lesson video. If this does not work for you, please contact us at [email protected] and we can help you further.

technishuntechnishun replied

Hi. Considered myself a seasoned player 'til I watched this. Very useful material for stretching out my head across the frets. Really need to get this in a numerical context/positions in my brain. My problem is always remembering this stuff, when comes to a jam context.

profman69profman69 replied

Great lesson. Very helpful.

EvanWeeksEvanWeeks replied

Been playing for over 20 years, Chris... but sloppily, and with no knowledge of theory whatsoever. So, I decided to break myself completely down and start back at the beginning, learning the basics and fundamentals RIGHT, and practicing them until my bad habits are gone. You and these lessons freaking rock.

jobloskijobloski replied

Great instructor!

ljthainljthain replied

great lesson, I've never studied inversion and now I want to know more!

wdrhdriderwdrhdrider replied

I guess I'm just an old man trying to learn a young man insterment. I just can't seem to rap my brain around this lession for some reasion....

vassagusvassagus replied

Start with the acoustic beginner lessons first, no matter if you have an electric guitar, then you can continue with these. I took the Steve Eulberg lesson set.

gertjan71gertjan71 replied

Although i have some basic skils, and avegage knowledge, i find this really difficult. In stead of just learning these chords out of my head i try to understand what i'm doing. And i now facing the limits of remembering what notes are played where. But i keep on putting a lot of effort in this lesson. It's really helps me to improve my skills and knowledge! Thanks so far!

haqzafhaqzaf replied

To Whom It May Concern, I'm logged out shortly after log In.Why is so? Why not your site is stable.Same problem exists to acces the forum.Forum format is not stable and normal.It just show text base format.Who is responsible for maintaining the site.Can some one question that person/persons.

viehwoiderviehwoider replied

Great lesson, thanks Chris. But the backing track is a little fast so playing eighth notes and changing the cords properly is quite hard for me.

2hands6strings2hands6strings replied

I'm loving this lesson, because it's forcing me to get the gears in my head revolving, to actually learn something new. Instead of playing the same boring riffs and scales and chords over and over again..Got to admit that the theory and trying to remembering it all, I am finding to be really tough.But I signed up for these lessons to improve my guitar playing..There is no easy way to being a good guitarist, just perseverance, hard work, and putting in the hours..So from me Chris, thank you....When I'm done I may even let you join my band, haha, keep on rocking matey....

festergutsfesterguts replied

Gah as you explain triads, you don't say what key you're in so I don't know what the root is or the 3rd is or the 5th I'm soooo annoyed right now because it is so confusing.

festergutsfesterguts replied

I hate all of the damn terminology used too, fucking guitar is like math!!!! About to give up and just play shitty guitar forever.

festergutsfesterguts replied

What's the point of inversions if it sounds the same?

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied

oh but it doesn't sound the same. The notes are in a different order from low to high. It creates ton of great and varied textures as you learn to apply these things more!

dshowdshow replied

Great Lesson Chris, just a quick note on the supplemental content. I would be very useful to write down the name of the triads for the backing track over the tabs.

singhsingh replied

I don't quite understand where you put your finger for the 5th? Because wouldn't the 5th be on the same string as the 3rd?

brossard1brossard1 replied

Chris, None of the printed supplemental material seems to show the progressive triad chords for the track. You talk us through the progressions in the video but I don't see them in the printed material. Im I missing something? Wayne

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied

I think what you're looking for is under the "practice track" supp content. Let me know if this isn't what you're looking for

brossard1brossard1 replied

Chris, None of the printed supplemental material seems to show the progressive triad chords for the track. You talk us through the progressions in the video but I don't see them in the printed material. Im I missing something? Wayne

professortaoprofessortao replied

new here so i'll wait to put my foot in my mouth...but it would be nice if the chords were marked on GP5, like Gm, C, ect.... maybe user error....... but first time here and it is very helpful....thanks

professortaoprofessortao replied

new here so i'll wait to put my foot in my mouth...but it would be nice if the chords were marked on GP5, like Gm, C, ect.... maybe user error....... but first time here and it is very helpful....thanks

dwg101dwg101 replied

Hey Chris, Do I have to purchase guitar pro5 to be able to open a gp5 file?

ratfaceratface replied

hey chris. what is the fretting on the first invertion c tridad

terryvterryv replied

Wow. A workout. Good. I had someone start me on triads once and I just couldn't simply memorize them. It sure helps with a backing track! One question though. The notation is 3 eighth-notes, 1 quarter-note, 3 eighth notes. Seems like you are playing 8 eighth-notes. Yes?

ratfaceratface replied

Do we use these in songs?

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied

yes. triads are the building blocks of chords. Almost every song out there has triads in them.

axel2sexaxel2sex replied

Finally a lesson that covers triads and their inversions! I've been searching for this during years of self-teaching.

jessman25jessman25 replied

This lesson has finally lit the light bulb above my skull that I have been looking for. I have been looking for some connection / pattern and it is finally making some sense musically. Thanks Chris.

robabrobab replied

Unchained by Van Halen the intro riff and Crazy Train use some of this Triads and are good examples.

robabrobab replied

Chris, thank you for as great lesson. I also recommend Brendan Burns lesson on Phase 2. It made it easier for me to follow this lesson.

patsendpatsend replied

thanks a lot Chris, your lesson i very useful using mini chords all around the neck.

jesperlindejesperlinde replied

Great lesson and both thumbs up to Guitar Pro5 tabs.. :D

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied

thanks! and you're welcome!

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Introduction to Your Electric GuitarLesson 1

Introduction to Your Electric Guitar

Chris Liepe talks about the absolute basics of the guitar, including tuning, the guitar parts, and proper technique.

Length: 23:21 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Playing Your First ChordsLesson 2

Playing Your First Chords

Chris Liepe introduces you to your very first 2 chords, E and A. Since this is your first chord lesson, Chris also introduces a backing track for you to slowly play along with. Practicing in this manner...

Length: 28:54 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
3 New Chords: Complete the CAGED MethodLesson 3

3 New Chords: Complete the CAGED Method

Here in lesson 3, Chris teaches the C, G, and D chords. Once you have mastered the chords taught in this lesson and the previous lesson, you will have learned the CAGED method of remembering open chord...

Length: 12:22 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
The Basics to Tablature, Chord Charts, and Musical NotationLesson 4

The Basics to Tablature, Chord Charts, and Musical Notation

Chris is back with his most information packed lesson to date. In this lesson, you will learn how to read tablature, chord charts and musical notation. All of these tools will drastically help you in your...

Length: 25:38 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Introduction to the Concept of ScalesLesson 5

Introduction to the Concept of Scales

Chris Liepe is back in lesson 5 with an introduction to scales. In this lesson, you will learn how to play up and down simple scale patterns.

Length: 13:55 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Barre and Minor ChordsLesson 6

Barre and Minor Chords

In this lesson, Chris introduces minor chords and barre chords.

Length: 25:23 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Strum Patterns and Time SignaturesLesson 7

Strum Patterns and Time Signatures

Chris Liepe lays down some grooves in this lesson! He provides instruction on rhythmic strumming patterns and time signatures such as 4/4, 3/4, and 6/8.

Length: 21:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
All About IntervalsLesson 8

All About Intervals

Intervals, Intervals, Intervals! Chris Liepe explains what they are, where they are found, and how to play them in this lesson.

Length: 14:07 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Intervals Pop QuizLesson 9

Intervals Pop Quiz

Sharpen your pencils and grab your guitar. It's pop quiz time. Chris Liepe adds to his beginner lesson series with a quiz on intervals. This is a hands-on lesson that will undoubtedly improve your ears....

Length: 15:39 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Triads: Everything You Need to KnowLesson 10

Triads: Everything You Need to Know

Chris Liepe breaks through his 10th lesson with a detailed discussion of triads. Dig in and take these triads for a ride!

Length: 24:14 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Effect Pedal Mini SeriesLesson 11

Effect Pedal Mini Series

This lesson begins a mini-series on effects pedals. Chris breaks down routing and how effects work with each other.

Length: 8:20 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Effect Pedal: CompressionLesson 12

Effect Pedal: Compression

The compression effect pedal is one of the most misunderstood pedals around. Chris Liepe finally sheds some light on the subject. By explaining all the different options and sounds this pedal can create,...

Length: 14:12 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Gain Stacking with Overdrive and DistortionLesson 13

Gain Stacking with Overdrive and Distortion

Chris Liepe is back with the 3rd installment in his Effects Pedal mini-series. He explains the concept of "gain stacking" by combining an Ibanez Tube Screamer and a Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal.

Length: 7:54 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Effect Pedal: DelayLesson 14

Effect Pedal: Delay

Chris Liepe adds yet another lesson to his effect pedal-mini series. Here he covers the delay pedal. This effect that operates on the principles of time and rhythm. Use this pedal to add depth to your...

Length: 19:52 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Effect Pedal: ChorusLesson 15

Effect Pedal: Chorus

Chris Liepe quickly demonstrates the chorus pedal with some 80's style licks. This pedal can create a deep and rich addition to solos or add the illusion of multiple guitars.

Length: 3:28 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Understanding Key SignaturesLesson 16

Understanding Key Signatures

Key Signatures! How do they relate to one another? Chris Liepe explains them in lesson 16 of his beginner series. Getting familiar with your key signatures will help pull everything together that has been...

Length: 15:21 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Chord Harmony BasicsLesson 17

Chord Harmony Basics

Chris Liepe demonstrates how to take a key signature (the set notes within a key) and stack 3rds on top of a root note to form chords. With the help of a modulating backing track, this should be a fun...

Length: 30:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Technique Basics: Alternate PickingLesson 18

Technique Basics: Alternate Picking

Chris explains and demonstrates the very basics of alternate picking. He also provides simple exercises to develop the technique in your own playing.

Length: 16:03 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Technique Basics: Legato PlayingLesson 19

Technique Basics: Legato Playing

Chris details and demonstrates the fundamental movements and suggested left hand position for legato playing -- specifically hammer-ons and pull-offs. He also provides exercises for developing the technique.

Length: 16:11 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Technique Basics: Palm MutingLesson 20

Technique Basics: Palm Muting

Chris talks about proper palm muting and discusses potential snags when first attempting the technique. He offers a number of exercises and patterns to help palm muting become a part of your rhythm playing.

Length: 9:22 Difficulty: 1.0 FREE
Technique Basics: Hybrid PickingLesson 21

Technique Basics: Hybrid Picking

Hybrid picking can add a fresh dimension to your chord and rhythm playing. In this lesson, Chris briefly covers how to get started with hybrid picking and offers two exercises that you can use to apply...

Length: 6:27 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Major Scale Positions in G (Part 1)Lesson 22

Major Scale Positions in G (Part 1)

Chris talks about what it means to play in position and teaches three of the five "CAGED" major scale positions in the key of G.

Length: 12:44 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Major Scale Positions in G (Part 2)Lesson 23

Major Scale Positions in G (Part 2)

Chris continues in his teaching of the five basic "CAGED" major scale positions in the key of G.

Length: 11:39 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Chris Liepe

About Chris Liepe View Full Biography Chris Liepe was born on September 17th, 1981 in Portland OR. His first instrument was piano which he pursued until discovering his love for the electric guitar in high school. He became fans of such groups as Soundgarden, Collective Soul and U2 inspiring him to start singing, songwriting and helping others in their musical endeavors with teaching, co-writing and album production.

Having moved to Colorado with his family, he began gigging, recording and teaching in a number of music stores as well as out of his apartment until deciding to pursue music full time. He moved to Denver, CO to complete a Bachelors in Music Technology and was then hired on by Sweetwater Productions, a division of Sweetwater Sound and one of the largest, most successful recording studios in the Midwest.

Chris spent nearly 4 years at Sweetwater as a producer, recording engineer, studio musician and writer. During this time he had the privilege of working with many artists including Augustana, Landon Pigg, Jars of Clay, and Mercy Me. He also wrote for and played on numerous independent albums and hundreds of radio/TV commercials.

Wanting to get back to his favorite State in the world (Colorado) and feeling the urge to 'go freelance', Chris moved to Greeley, CO and opened his own recording and teaching studio. He continues to write and produce music for artists and agencies and is happy to be among the proud instructors.

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JD teaches the pentatonic and blues scales and explains where and when you can apply them.

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Meet John Shannon and his approach to rhythm guitar. John discusses why he put this lesson series together and what his...

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Mike introduces himself and his series.

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Sarah Longfield Sarah Longfield

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