Triad Chord Voicings in Solo Guitar

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Triad chords produce a majority of the music we listen to and they're found within almost every style of music.  Understanding them all over the neck is an absolute must for every guitar player...

The way triads are generally used is through large Barre chord voicings based off of primarily the 6th and 5th strings. However, triad shapes can also be applied as other, "less common" chord patterns. 

These can include being performed rapidly as smaller chord patterns that can more easily take advantage of inversions. Triads used in this way are played more laterally with a focus on "three string-set" groupings. When triads are applied using only three strings they can work perfectly for creating a strong enough part that will end up functioning to stand on its own, as either a lead segment or used as a lead solo-riff. 

In this lesson, we'll learn a number of common major and minor 3-note triad shapes and we'll put them to work by making a study of some triad riffs that function like this.

PART ONE: In the first part of this lesson I will introduce the most popular 3-note triad voicings built from off of the 4th and 3rd strings. Example one applies 4th-string root triads in both major and minor chord qualities and demonstrates them within the key of "G Major" from the 10th position to the open position. Example two, switches to the key of "B Minor" and applies a number of popular 3-note triad patterns based from off of the third guitar string.

PART TWO: Examples three and four add filler licks and surrounding tones to our triads. In example three the common "I - IV - V" chord progression is shown within the key of "D Major." The harmony is made more interesting through the use of both 3-note triads and a filler lick that appears within measures two and three.

Example four uses the mode of "G Dorian" to bring together an altogether new and interesting harmony. The progression uses arpeggio concepts to highlight the tonic chord of "G Minor," across two chord different chord voices. A series of 2-note (double stop) chords is applied in measure two and demonstrates the powerful effect that surrounding tones can have when taken from a modal key center. 

Enjoy the lesson!

Triad Chord Voicings in Solo Guitar

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