Fingerboard Quantum Leap (3 Note Chords)

May 26, 2017:
Fingerboard Quantum Leap (3 Note Chords)

PART ONE:  In example one, the exercises take a key of "G Minor" riff and demonstrate how the 3 Note Triads can offer two sound options on the fingerboard. The first explores how the riff can be performed in the necks lower register, (example 1a). And, the second example (1b), takes the riff up into a higher playing position.

Example two explores the application of "Inversion Position." These 3 Note Triads can invert, (the notes flip string sets) to create different variations of each chord voicing. In example 2a, the key of "D Major" riff is performed in the lower range of the neck using inversions of "1st" and "2nd." In example 2b, the inversions include "2nd" to "1st" in the mid-range area of the neck.

PART TWO: The second half of the lesson starts with a breakdown of triad stacks and how they can be used vertically within positions across the neck. Triad stacking is a way to generate rapid movement in a position while keeping lateral fretboard coverage down to a minimum. A selection of chord shapes from the key of "D Major" are displayed in both 7th position (example 3a) and in the 10th position (example 3b).

In example four, the use of our 3 Note Triads taken along the neck (using phrases and filler licks) helps in demonstrating how these 3 Note chords can be a tremendous help when it comes down to composing short statements around a chord. The rhythm guitar riff in example four uses a key of "A Minor" progression that integrates short passing filler licks based on a lateral theme.

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  1. Nice Andrew W. got a lot of milage on that one. Sweet