Stop Thinking About Triads Like This!

Want to get the most mileage out of using small triads for riff building and for soloing? 

One of the best ways to accomplish this won't be by trying to learn dozens and dozens of small triad ideas as smaller-chords and licks. That would be a MISTAKE! 

Instead, take a simpler and smarter route to learning the shapes by analyzing the guitar fingerboard from within the larger triad template system. Using this approach makes it easier to understand all of the common smaller moveable triad chord patterns and how they can be cherry picked to custom design other smaller shapes.

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Plus, what's really cool - is that with this system of taking just the 5 common moveable chord outlines, (these are the patterns that will often be explained from the neck layout concept known of as the "CAGED" system), all you need to do is isolate and apply any smaller segment of triad idea that you'd like to use for riffs or solos.

WATCH THE VIDEO: It will help you get started with understanding the shapes and how to begin using this principle...

The first group of chord templates I want to cover are the, "Major Triad," group. There are five primary chord patterns, and keep in mind, that some can be split apart to reflect the upper and lower string sets. Here's how you can study them if you're still working on committing any of these shapes to memory...

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Next we're going to check-out the neck patterns for the "Minor Triad," chord shapes. Just like the majors, there are 5 shapes to learn on the fingerboard... Here's what they look like...

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Now that you're aware of these common triad chord pattern templates for major and minor, we can use small pieces of them to create riffs and licks for song sections or for solos. Let's put some of these ideas to work right now and start by creating some nice triad riffs that could be used in a song section like a; verse, bridge or a chorus...


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As you can tell, just by taking small chunks of the larger triad chords we can create really nice riffs with smaller versions of the big triad shapes. And, what's really cool is that you can do the exact same thing when you want some nice sounding triad licks to apply within a solo section of a song as well... Here's an example of something like that...


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So, quit thinking about triads as if they're some kind of really complicated series of shapes that'll take you months and months of practice to be able to memorize and use. These shapes can be applied rather quickly if you just take your basic triad chord patterns and use them as a template to begin viewing the smaller triad patterns as "segments" of the larger chords, that you can apply in riffs or solos.

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