Triad Chords [3/3]

Now the fun begins ;) You have to now be able to find all three shapes in one area! This means you REALLY have to know your root notes and shapes. This will probably take you a little while and some practice.

In area 1 use G (shape 1), C (shape 3) and D (shape 2)

In area 2 use G (shape 2), C (shape 1) and D (shape 3)

In area 3 use G (shape 3), C (shape 2) and D (shape 1)

It is also good to just play around and use whichever one falls under your fingers. You should be able to move between them quite freely, but this will requite you to know the notes on the fingerboard very well. 

So where to next???? minor problem....

Now you know your major shapes, you have some homework to do!!!

Make sure you know these major ones well first... then YOU have to work out the minor shapes. Find the 3rd of each shape (that will be the note B in a G triad) and flatten it by one semitone (fret). This will give you the three minor shapes on strings 1 to 3.

If you are struggling with this then you might want to check out Practical Music Theory, that will help with finding the notes, and understanding the chords!

You should then be able to play pretty much any song using your triads. Try it. Be able to find any major or minor chord in and area of the neck and find the next chord nice and close!!

Then once you have that down you should try and find the major triad shapes that live on strings 2,3 and 4. Then find the minor shapes of those!

Advanced ideas...

Then you might want to find then on strings 3,4,5 and 4,5,6 - although you probably won't use those ones as much, you still should learn them if you are an advanced player!

Triad Chords