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by Pedja Simovic

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  • Hello GMC!

    Today we are focuing on Open Triads In G Major Scale Part 3 lesson of the Series. These series are related to Triads in a major scale series. If you haven't seen those, check them out at this link HERE

    Quick recap. What are triads? 3 note chords. How are they constructed? By stacking diatonic 3rds one on top of another or using Root 3rd and 5th of some sort. What type of triads are there? In western music civilization, we have 4 types of triads - Major, Minor, Diminished and Augmented. What type of triads do we have in any major scale? Major, Minor and Diminished. What are inversions of a triad? Inversions are different way and order of notes within a chord. For triads we always have 3 inversions, Root, 1st and 2nd inversion.

    Now, let's talk about theory behind open triads. Open triads (as the term describes) have some sort of open sound. Since regular triads and notes within them are spaced within one octave, purpose of open triads is to change that. So, open triad becomes open triad when we take a middle note of the voicing (or 2nd note if you will) and drop it up or down an octave! This is the most common open triad type and we will cover 3 inversions in these series with this specific voicing.

    Let me give you an example of open triad in G major.

    Regular G major triad root inversion : G B D

    Open G major triad 2nd inversion : D B G

    As you see, we took second note and put it up an octave. Here is a layout of all 2nd inversion Open triads in G major.

    G major : D B G

    A minor : E C A

    B minor : F# D B

    C major : G E C

    D major : A F# D

    E minor : B G E

    F# diminished: C A F#

    Notice that in this lesson we covered 3 ways of playing those chords. Root on 6th, 5th and 4th string is used. So you get 3 ways how to play one root inversion triad all over the guitar neck!

    Cycle 2 and 7 were used to harmonize G major scale in this lesson. Tempo is 190bpm.

    Fingerings are writen only for the first voicing in guitar pro because they repeat through out the whole lesson!

    Notice how drums are in regular time feel while Guitar and Bass are in half time feel.

    For this lesson I used my Yamaha AEX1500 (Martin Taylor model) jazz guitar going through POD X3 Live into Nuendo. The effect I used was customized.

    When you finish part 1 of the triad series you will :

    - Expand your chord vocabulary

    - Learn 2nd inversion open triads in major scale on all 3 possible string sets (653,531,421)

    - Learn how to apply those voicings in other styles of music

    - Expand your songwriting skills with more voicings

    - Improve your fingerstyle technique

    I hope you enjoyed part 3 of Open Triads In G Major Scale Series. Let me know if you have any questions and I look forward hearing from you all.

    Pedja

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