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Form 2 Minor Triads (Guitar Lesson)


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Brendan Burns

Form 2 Minor Triads

Brendan burns demonstrates the 2nd form minor tiny triads. Additionally, he provides exercises that combine the minor and major triads within chord progressions.

Taught by Brendan Burns in Improv with Brendan seriesLength: 20:21Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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rckmsnrckmsn replied on June 28th, 2014

man thats one alsum stare

rckmsnrckmsn replied on June 28th, 2014

i like to think of them has these gals

marshall laneymarshall laney replied on October 3rd, 2011

Listening to you playing Brendan I hear a neo-classical almost medieval sound coming from you is it the progression I,vi,ii,V ? or your fingerpicking ?

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on October 3rd, 2011

I'm not totally sure, but I bet you it's the chord progression. It's a strong one. :)

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on October 15th, 2010

Thanks sandrac. I have a lesson set (written, but not filmed) for seventh chords, but they work a little differently than triads. There are a lot more possibilites when you have four notes.

Sandy GSandy G replied on October 15th, 2010

Thanks for your reply Brendan. Instead of calling them triads , i should have clarified that i was hoping to learn 3 note 7th chord voicings ,that leave out the root . Ideally, i would like to use those types of mini - voicings so a soloist could play over. But, that is waaaay down the road . Current reality is that i am becoming familiar with all the tiny triads in your lessons :-}

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on October 15th, 2010

Yeah, the tiny-triads can keep you busy for a while. When you get a hang of them, try subbing the root for the 9. That will make the switch to guide-tones a lot easier. Keep it rockin!

Sandy GSandy G replied on October 14th, 2010

Hi Brendan, Very helpful lessons :-} Are you planning to teach us little triad shapes for 7th chords in future lessons ?

downitburnsdownitburns replied on July 30th, 2010

I was picking it up fairly quickly, but it's time to run this I, ii, vi, V through the circle of fifths in their three different inversions. In other words, I'll be back in a couple months. Great lessons!

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on July 30th, 2010

I'm glad these are making sense to you. They'll pick up speed once your fingers and ears start to understand the patterns. You'll be there in no time. Keep rockin' it!

Improv with Brendan

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

In his Theory and Improvisation series, Brendan Burns looks at triads, chord voicings and usage across the circle of fifths.



Lesson 1

Lesson Series Overview

Brendan Burns provides an overview of the topics that will be covered in his chord voicing lesson series.

Length: 4:17 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Form 1 Tiny Triads

Brendan demonstrates the tiny triad shapes derived from the form 1 barre chord.

Length: 13:12 Difficulty: 1.5 FREE
Lesson 3

Form 3 Tiny Triads

Brendan Burns demonstrates the tiny triads derived from the 3rd form of the CAGED system.

Length: 12:51 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Form 2 Tiny Triads

Brendan demonstrates the 2nd form tiny triads.

Length: 20:57 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

Form 1 Minor Triads

Brendan demonstrates the tiny minor triad shapes derived from the form 1 CAGED shape.

Length: 4:41 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 6

Form 3 Minor Triads

Brendan demonstrates the 3rd form minor triads from the CAGED system.

Length: 6:09 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Form 2 Minor Triads

Brendan burns demonstrates the 2nd form minor tiny triads.

Length: 20:21 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Augmented Tiny Triads

Brendan Burns demonstrates the tiny triad shapes for augmented chords.

Length: 6:30 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

Diminished Tiny Triads

Brendan Burns demonstrates the grips for the diminished tiny triads.

Length: 7:35 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 10

Tiny Triads Wrap-Up

Now that you've gone through all the tiny triad lessons, Brendan offers some closing statements and insights that will help you with incorporating them into your playing.

Length: 2:00 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

More Tiny Triads

Brendan takes a more in depth look at extensions that can be added to the tiny triad forms.

Length: 12:07 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 12

6th Tiny Triads

Brendan demonstrates the addition of the 6th extension to the tiny triad forms.

Length: 7:54 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 13

Minor Triad Extensions

In lesson 13, Brendan covers the extensions for the minor form tiny triads.

Length: 13:24 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 14

Sus 4 Tiny Triads

Brendan Burns demonstrates the Sus 4 forms for the tiny triads.

Length: 6:13 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 15

Tiny Triads Review

To get you setup to start learning more tiny triads, Brendan talks about what he'll be covering next and provides a review of the previous material.

Length: 5:45 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 16

More Major Triads

Brendan Burns takes a look at extensions that can be added to major triads.

Length: 16:47 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 17

Major Triad 6ths

Brendan discusses and demonstrates how to add the 6th extension to your major triads.

Length: 11:36 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 18

More Minor Triads

Brendan takes a look at the extensions and embellishments that can be added to the minor tiny triads.

Length: 22:51 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 19

Unstable Triads

Brendan Burns demonstrates and discusses the unstable or "ambiguous" triads that result from altering the 3rd.

Length: 19:48 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

Spread Voiced Major Triads

Brendan Burns demonstrates and discusses how to utilize spread voiced triads in your playing. In the first lesson of this mini-series, he discusses major spread voicings.

Length: 19:37 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 21

Spread Voiced Minor Triads

Brendan demonstrates spread voicings of minor triads.

Length: 14:15 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 22

Triadic Improvisation #1

The first lesson in Brendan's triadic improvisation lesson series covers the major triads and the combinations of their extensions.

Length: 24:51 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 23

Triadic Improvisation #2

Continuing on with triadic improvisation techniques, Brendan discusses and demonstrates how to utilize the minor triads.

Length: 27:22 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 24

Harmonic and Melodic Substitutions

Brendan demonstrates and discusses how various tiny triads can be applied to bass notes to imply larger, more complex chords. He also explains how these concepts can be used in a melodic context.

Length: 18:26 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only

About Brendan Burns View Full Biography Brendan has been passionate about music since childhood. He began his studies on trumpet, in elementary school, and then moved to guitar as a teenager. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from Berklee College of Music, and has studied with Norm Zocher, Joe Stump, Bret Willmott, Bob Pilkington, Jay Weik, Tim Miller, & Charlie Banacos.

While at Berklee, Brendan was a member of the Music Mentoring Program, teaching private lessons to gifted high school students. He is currently teaches, and is chair of the guitar department at Brookline Music School. Brendan also teaches guitar for Tune Foolery & privately at his home in Cambridge, MA.

Along with educating, Brendan plays out often as a Solo Guitarist, performing standards, pop, and classical repertoire. He has recorded and played with the chamber-fusion band Ra Quintent, and as well as Vessela Stoyanova's Eastern Stories Under Western Skies Project. Brendan also performs as a leader, director and sideman for various Boston art-rock projects, and is former member of MIT's Gamelan Galak Tika.

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