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Electric Country Guitar Lessons: Mapping Out the Triads - Key of G

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[MUSIC]
Okay, we're back here folks,
in the intermediate curriculum for
country guitar.
We're gonna start now, we're gonna
do some mapping out of the triads.
Which we're gonna take all those
major chords that we just did
in those couple lessons back.
And we're gonna break those
down now into triads, and
I'm gonna show you how this
works in all these keys.
So, we're gonna start with the bar chord,
[SOUND] and
we're just gonna map these out.
We're gonna map out the triads
in these chord positions.
And the way that [SOUND]
you can start really,
really visualizing the one, the three,
and the five of these chords.
So in G, [SOUND] we're gonna take just
the top three notes of this chord.
[SOUND] We're gonna break it down and
we're gonna look at it like this,
[SOUND] which are four notes.
We're gonna take just that chord, and then
we're gonna visualize this whole chord,
and then visualize these four notes.
And then we're just going
to take these three notes,
which is the triad, and
that builds your chord.
That's your three, your five, and
your one, so that's that triad, three,
five, one, and that's B, D, and G.
That's your G triad, [SOUND] and
then when you stack that and
you look at this,
these three notes of that chord.
[SOUND] You've got your five,
your three, and your one right there.
So that's, [SOUND], and
then now you have this,
[SOUND] this part of the chord,
those three notes.
[SOUND] So that three notes,
that's your three,
your one, and your five.
If you wanna go back down here,
you've got five,
one, three, [SOUND] one, three, five,
[SOUND] and then three,
five, one, [SOUND].
And if you listen to all those together,
it's a major chord, so here's these three.
[SOUND] You're just putting
them in different places,
you're putting the one and
five in different places,
in this instance,
the three stays right there.
[SOUND] But
when you look at that in this full chord,
[SOUND] there's three notes there,
[SOUND] three notes there,
[SOUND] and then three notes there,
[SOUND] and those are your triads.
[SOUND] And then right here, [SOUND] if
you look at that on your open strings,
that's your one, three, five,
there's your triad there, or
you could look at it like this.
[SOUND] One, three, five,
[SOUND] but it's easiest
just to look at these triads
with this position here.
[SOUND] So really focus on
seeing how just this bar chord,
[SOUND] really break it down into like,
okay, there's that section.
Okay, there's that section,
and there's that section.
[SOUND] Now we're gonna move
into our other position here,
which is our partial here,
which is our, [SOUND].
So we're gonna look at the D shape
right here, that's our triad,
that's one, three, five, so
that makes up that chord.
And that's basically, it's a little tricky
with this chord because it's a little
different than looking at a triad like
this, or like this chord or this chord.
So with this chord,
there's your triad right there,
[SOUND] and this is not exactly a triad,
because it's one, five and one.
But it's good to visualize
that section of that chord,
[SOUND] but with this,
[SOUND] you're one over three,
[SOUND] that’s a triad there.
Three, five, one, so, [SOUND] so
just really visualize those,
[SOUND] those triads there.
That's a tricky one, that shape,
so moving up to this shape,
which is a little easier, there's more
triads here that make a little bit more
sense than this partial cord.
So moving up into this C position G,
that triad there,
[SOUND] this triad here,
[SOUND] which is three, five, one.
One, five, three, [SOUND] so
there's this one,
[SOUND] that one, [SOUND] and
then this one [SOUND].
So that's one, three, five, and
then this one, [SOUND] so
five, one, three.
So there's your three triads
in that chord shape, so, [SOUND].
And that's like an arpeggio,
but we'll get to that later.
So those are your triads for
that chord shape, [SOUND].
So rather than playing this whole chord,
[SOUND] you'll use these triads more for
stuff than you will the whole chord.
And the reason I'm showing you these now
is cuz we'll expand on these in a big way.
So that's that shape, so this shape,
you've got your bar chord here.
But if you look at this,
[SOUND] if you take that apart,
[SOUND] that's a triad right
there over this chord.
So, one, three, five, one, three, five,
and then one, three, five.
And that's right, so there's,
[SOUND] and then, [SOUND] so
that chord, you can kind of,
[SOUND] you can see how that,
[SOUND] and that.
[SOUND] That is very similar in
position when you do that.
[SOUND] It gets you up to that position,
it's all about these positions.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
I'm trying to get to where you could
see exactly how these chords are related,
how this triad, [SOUND] and
that [SOUND] go together.
And that's what we're getting ready
to go into is how these all link up.
So [SOUND] so that's that triad,
there's that triad there.
[MUSIC]
And then moving up to this shape.
[SOUND] Here's a triad.
[MUSIC]
But mainly these two,
or these three here.
[MUSIC]
I'm sorry.
Here, one, three, five, three,
five, one, five, one, three.
[SOUND] So
those are the major triads there, and
then you're back up to
your bar chord here.
So with that being said,
you got your bar chord here.
[SOUND] So watch how this works,
here's a triad.
[SOUND] Triad there, [SOUND] triad there,
[SOUND] triad there.
[MUSIC]
So, so just on these three strings you've
got your G there [SOUND] your G there
[SOUND] your G there [SOUND] and
your G there [SOUND].
So that's what I want you to see is
how these, these link up like that and
there's these are these little ones like
this are more important than trying
to find the one in that chord.
I mean we'll get to that.
And then take these three strings and
map out your G.
Okay, there's my G there
[MUSIC]
there's my G
there,
[MUSIC]
there's my G there, and
then there's my G there
[MUSIC].
And then take it again,
take this open triad right here.
[MUSIC]
Cuz there's your G there.
[MUSIC]
Since that's the 12th fret,
this repeats itself.
So there's your G, so take that triad
[MUSIC],
and then take this triad the next guide
set of three strings.
So we have done these three strings,
let's go to these three strings.
So we have go open.
[MUSIC]
We've got this part of the bar chord.
[MUSIC]
We've got this part of that chord.
Just those three.
We've got that chord and
then we've got that.
So we've got.
[MUSIC]
So those are all the Gs major triads on
that set of strings, and
then we'll go to the next set.
We'll do those.
So we're gonna go here.
[MUSIC]
Here.
[MUSIC]
Here,
[MUSIC]
and here.
[MUSIC]
So.
[MUSIC]
that would be open.
B you are three, five, one.
[MUSIC]
Five, one, three, one, three, five,
three, five, one, five, one, three.
So,
[MUSIC]
and then take the low strings.
[MUSIC]
So you've got open,
[MUSIC],
closed here
[MUSIC],
closed here
[MUSIC],
and then closed here, so
[MUSIC].
Let's see
[MUSIC].
So map those out big time on
those major chords, like G.
We're doing G now.
We're gonna go through the other keys too.
But man, if you can see those.
[MUSIC]
It gets tricky on
the low strings,
I'm not as familiar with those,
but that's them.
Well you use these high ones more is why.
But map all of them out, know where
your triads are for these chords, and
we're gonna go through all the keys here.
But I might run through these
other keys a little quicker,
but that's the main gist of how important
those are, those are your road maps.
Those are your home plate,
your home bases for
[MUSIC]
for everything and
you will see how important
this is when you start seeing
like okay there is my G triad.
[MUSIC]
My C is right there.
[MUSIC]
My D is right there.
[MUSIC]
My G is right there.
So when you start seeing
there is
[MUSIC].
Now let's see, what would be here,
[MUSIC].
So, the relationship between your one,
four, five alone, just with those triads,
if you can start visualizing that, and
connecting them and seeing how they
connect, that's gonna affect your lead
playing more than you can imagine.
I mean it's just unbelievable how
that unlocks guitar playing and
to be able to see all that stuff.
So, what we're gonna do now is,
we've talked about G and
we've talked about how
the triads really affect stuff.
And we'll see that more as
time goes on with this intermediate
lesson and then moving into the advanced.
You're really going to see how this
fundamental really, really changes how
you look at the guitar and makes it a lot
easier when you start working up the neck.
You're just going to see
where everything is at.
So I can't stress this enough.
Visualize those triads,
those chord shapes.
The scales around them and
you'll really start,
this is really gonna start connecting
here, so, let's move onto the next key.
[MUSIC]