Thursday, March 7, 2013

triads - the power of three

Hey folks, here is a quick and very useful little tool that can help you expand your note choices when soloing.

Let's set this example as if you were playing over a minor chord... You could always use the old standby options like Dorian and Aeolian, pentatonic minor and blues version among other scales. But typically people are bored of the pentatonic and the 7 notes scales have some tricky notes to work with. Wouldn't it be great to have a pool of notes (or pitch collection) to work with that has only great sounding notes? Well, here's a way to do just that. 

The ticket here is working with 3 easy-to-remember triads. So imagine - we are soloing right now over a minor chord... Let's call it A minor. The the notes of A minor are - A, C & E - this is all you need to know to use this. A little trick to remember is; if it is a minor chord, you work your way up with an alternating pattern starting with the kind of chord (so minor chord = minor,major,minor...). If it were a Major chord you were over it would be the opposite Major, minor, Major. Remember you start the pattern with the type of chord you are over.

So for our example an Amin chord (remember the notes are A,C,E) you could play:
A minor triad
C Major triad
E minor triad
See they flip flop minor,major,minor,major,minor...
If it were a Major chord (A, C#, E) you could play:
A Major triad
C# minor triad
E Major triad.
See they flip flop major,minor,major,minor... as you work your way up the notes of the chord.
Don't just read this - grab your guitar and try it. You will soon see how easy it is to remember. Soon it forms those nice little finger patterns most guitarists love so dearly. Try making up a "scale" build of only notes of these three options. Now use these to make some great music.

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