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Triads in Major Scale Series - Part 2

by Pedja Simovic

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  • Hello GMC!

    Welcome to part 2 lesson of triads in major scale series.

    Todays lesson will focus on 1st inversion of triads. In part 1 lesson we covered root inversion where order of notes was Root, 3rd and 5th (of some sort). Today we have slightly different order of notes.

    1st inversion of triad = 3rd, 5th and Root.

    As you notice from the above, root of the chord is in the top voice. This could be very useful for you as you will hear major scale as highest melody note. Notice how in the previous lesson (part 1 of the series) Root of the chords was in the lowest voice. This was also very usefull ear training tool as bass players play roots and they play in low register, so it makes it a great exercise for you to listen and transcribe.

    As in part 1 of the series, part 2 uses interval of diatonic 2nd ascending and descending as harmonizing tool. I picked this interval on purpose as it doesn't challenge listeners ear at all and all voicings are whole or half step away from each other.

    After you finish this lesson you should :
    - Know 1st inversion of all triads in C major scale
    - Know how to play through the whole guitar neck 1st inversion voicings
    - Know how to use fingerstyle when playing triads (T I M = thumb, index , middle for each voicing)
    - Use 1st inversion triads when accompaning singers, soloist and in songwriting.

    For this lessson I used my custom built guitar G.Papazoglou going into POD X3 Live into Nuendo. Effect I used was called Clean Chorus with delay taken out.

    I hope you found part 2 of the series very usefull. Let me know if you have any questions via lesson feedback, private message or my personal board.

    Enjoy this one and see you soon in part 3 of the series !
    Pedja

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