UG Newbie
Join date: Sep 2005
440 IQ
Hey, this is my first lesson, so you’ll have to bear with me a bit if you don’t understand what I’m saying.

Alright, I’ll start with a little bit of theory. A triad is a 3 note chord. This chord is made of the 1st, 3rd and 5th of the scale tones.
So basically, a C Major Triad would be- C E G
I hope that makes sense. If you don’t understand it, look at some of the lessons on basic chord construction.
Anyway, Enough theory. I’ll show you the basic shapes.

Major Triad Shapes
e |-------------------------------------|
B |-------------------------------------|
G |-0—-2—-4------------------6-----|
D |-2—-4—-6—-7---0—-2—-4-----|
A |-3—-5—-7—-9---2—-4—-6-----|
E |----------------3—-5—-7----------|

Minor Triad Shapes
Cm Dm Em Fm Gm Am Bm
e |------------------------------------------|
B |------------------------------------------|
G |-0—--2—--4-—-6----------------------|
D |-1—--3—--5—--7---0—--2-—-4-----|
A |-3—--5—--7—--9---1—--3—--5-----|
E |------------------------3—--5—--7-----|

The main trick with these chords is that you have to make sure you only play the strings which you have fingers on, or which are meant to be played open. Otherwise it can sound pretty bad.

Here’s a little picking tab using these chords.

Bm G Em A
e |--------------------------------------------------------|
B |--------------------------------------------------------|
G |----------------------------------4-----4--------------|
D |-----4-----4-----0-----0-----5-----5-------2-----2--|
A |---5-----5-----2-----2----7-----7-------4-----4-----|
E |-7-----7-----3-----3------------------5-----5------- -|

Combined with power chords, these chords can make your playing sound a lot fuller.
Hope it helped you.


ps. feel free to write me with questions, comments whatever...

Last edited by jazkel24 at Dec 15, 2005,
UG God
Join date: Jul 2003
1,733 IQ
Needs expansion. What about inversions, different string sets, more on chord formation? Augmented and diminished triads? etc?

UG's aspiring keyboardist
Join date: Jul 2005
5,139 IQ
not bad, code it though