Major Triads in C on Strings 234

Major Triads In C on Strings 234

This is a continuation from last week’s free lesson blog, which you can check here: Major Triads in C on strings 123

C Triads

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Learn the C chords first.

  1. The 10/9/8 shape (10th fret, 9th fret, 8th fret) is what you call “root position”. The notes from low to high are C E G (root, 3rd, 5th). Whenever you play that shape on these 3 strings, you play a major chord with the root as the lowest note.
  2. The 2/0/1 shape (2nd fret, open G string, 1st fret) is what you call “1st inversion”. The notes from low to high are E G C (3rd, 5th, root). Whenever you play that shape on these 3 strings, you play a major chord with the 3rd as the lowest note. Also play this inversion up 12 frets on frets 14/12/13
  3. The 555 shape (5th fret, 5th fret, 5th fret) is what you call “2nd inversion”. The notes from low to high are G C E (5th, root, 3rd). When you play Whenever you play that shape on these 3 strings, you play a major chord with the 5th as the lowest note.

There is a trick to speed up your memorization of the location of the 3 shapes. The trick is to focus on the notes, on the lowest of the 3 strings, in this case the D string, and then play the right shape on that note. The notes you are looking for (for a C chord) are C, E and G.

  1. C is on the 10th fret of the D string
  2. E is on the 14th/2nd fret on the D string
  3. G is on the 5th fret on the D string.

When you’re on the root C, you play the 10/9/8 shape, if you’re on the 3rd E, you play the 14/12/13 (2/0/1) shape, if you’re on the 5th G, you play the 555 shape. The more you think notes rather than just only shapes, the better for your musicianship.
Focusing on these 3 notes on the D string only, helps you memorize the location of each C chord shape.

Play these 3 C chord shapes up and down the neck till you feel pretty confident you have them memorized.
Then move on to learning and memorizing the F shapes.
You’ll notice, it’s the same 3 shapes, just in different locations.

F Triads

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The notes in an F chord are F, A and C
These are the 3 notes you’re focusing on on the D string.
You play the root shape on F on the 3rd fret on the D string
You play the first inversion (3rd in bass) shape on A on the 7th fret on the D string
You play the 2nd inversion (5th in bass) shape on C on the 10th fret on the D string

Once you get all the F chords memorized: go up the neck with C chords and down the neck with F chords.
When you can do this pretty daily: learn the G chords.
G chords are easy if you know the F chords really well. The G chords are the 3 F chords up 2 frets.

G Triads

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When you get the G chords down, go up with C chords and down with G chords.

One you feel you get all C, F and G chords down pretty well on these 3 strings, you are ready for the next exercise.
Practice these chords over a 12-bar blues in C

C F C C
F F C C
G F C G

Here’s what you do:

In bar 1: play 2 different C chords, 2 beats each, downstrokes only.
In bar 2: play 2 different F chords, 2 beats each, downstrokes only.
In bar 3: play 2 different C chords, 2 beats each, downstrokes only.
In bar 3: play 2 different C chords, 2 beats each, downstrokes only.
In bar 5: play 2 different F chords, 2 beats each, downstrokes only.
In bar 6: play 2 different F chords, 2 beats each, downstrokes only.
… and so on.

This is going to be challenging at first, but this is a good drill to really nail down these chords.
When you can do this pretty well, start practicing it with a metronome.
Work it up to 145bpm.
When you can play this exercise at that tempo, you don’t have to think anymore: you really have your C, F and G triads memorized.

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