▲ The AMAZING "Triangle" Chord Shape

This is going to be a lot of fun! In this lesson we'll take a look at some chord shapes on the guitar fingerboard that essentially look like nothing more than "Triangles," and once we learn their fretting layout on the neck, we'll learn to use them to format a cool sounding 12-Bar Blues progression...

I going to show you a fun trick that you can do with chord patterns that are shaped like triangles. Then, I'll explain how these easy to play shapes can be incorporated into performing the changes required for jamming on a 12-Bar Blues.


This lesson is going to be a lot of fun and it’ll set you up with some great ideas that you can use over and over again - in not just Blues songs, but also in; Pop, Country, Jazz, Funk, Soul, R and B, Folk ...almost every type and style of music out there. So, let’s get things started with learning the shapes...

The first thing we're going to do is become familiar with these triangle shapes. Now, there are only six shapes, and they’re all pretty easy to play, (because they’re so similar to each other), so I don’t think it’ll take ya very long to learn them on the guitar neck.

SHAPE 1). The first shape is sort of a "crooked triangle" shape that’s created off of the 4th guitar string and contains the Root in the bass, (as the lowest pitch tone). Here’s the layout…

SHAPE 2). The next shape is a more uniform triangle pointing toward the head-stock. It’s built from off of the 5th string, and once again contains the Root as the lowest bass-tone…

SHAPE 3). The third shape is a triangle that points toward the guitar’s body. Built off of the 4th string, this shape contains the Minor 7th degree as the lowest chord tone.There is no Root present in this shape...

SHAPE 4). Next, is the 4th shape. This one is built off of the third string, and it points at the head-stock. There is no Root, and the pattern applies the 5th chord tone as the lowest degree. 

SHAPE 5). Our fifth shape is once again built off of the 3rd string, (but this time it’s stretched out a little more), and it’s pointing toward the guitar’s body. There is no Root present, and the lowest chord tone degree is the Minor 7th.
SHAPE 6). Finally, our last (sixth shape) is back being built once again off of the 4th string and it points toward the head-stock. This pattern has no Root, and applies the Minor 7th as the chords lowest tone.

NOTE: The structure of this pattern is interesting since it contains no 3rd chord tone. Instead the 3rd is replaced with a "9th." This establishes a "Suspended" effect…

Alright, now that you know how to make these triangle chord pattern shapes, let’s put them to work in learning how they can be applied across that 12-Bar Blues you heard me play at the start of the video…

12-Bar Blues - Measure 1 to 4...

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12-Bar Blues - Measure 5 to 8...

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12-Bar Blues - Measure 9 to 12...

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With these fun /easy "Triangle" chord patterns, y
ou’ve got a collection here of six really “easy to play” shapes, that can be used to perform some great stuff in Blues, (or in a whole lot of other music styles as well).

Since so much of what we do on guitar is based upon geometrical shapes and patterns, it is vital that players study things like this to make further reralizations about how the neck can be analyzed and how shapes play a huge role for creating music.

The best part is, now that you know and understand the value of these triangle shapes, they can be patterns that you can go forward with, and start using in all kinds of other musical situations.

Plus, I’m sure that these shapes will lead you to learning to spot other shapes and patterns as well. So, have fun with these ideas here, work on applying these triangle shapes, and I hope that this lesson was not only fun to jam out on, but I hope it also gives you something to consider going forward into using other geometrical directions involved with playing and learning on the guitar.

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I look forward to helping you further at CreativeGuitarStudio.com ...Until next time - take care and we'll catch up again on the next lesson. Bye for now!



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