Triads in Major Scale Series - Part 3

by Pedja Simovic

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  • Hello GMC!

    Welcome to part 3 lesson of triads in major scale series.

    Todays lesson will focus on 2nd inversion of triads. In parts 1 and 2 we covered root and 1st inversions. For root inversion order of notes was Root, 3rd and 5th (of some sort). For 1st inversion order of notes was 3rd, 5th and Root. Today we have slightly different order of notes.

    2nd inversion of triad = 5th, Root and 3rd.

    As you notice from the above, 5th of the chord is in the bottom voice. This was also very usefull ear training tool as bass players play roots and 5ths and they play in low register, so it makes it a great exercise for you to listen and transcribe.

    As in parts 1 and 2 of the series, part 3 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 2nd inversion of all triads in C major scale
    - Know how to play through the whole guitar neck using 2nd inversion voicings
    - Know how to use fingerstyle when playing triads (T I M = thumb, index , middle for each voicing)
    - Use 2nd 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 Threadplate with delay taken out.

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

    Enjoy working with this material and see you in my next lesson!


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