FreeOnLineGuitarLessons-Exercise1 Re-Introduces Open Triads

FreeOnlineGuitarLessons-Exercise1 Is A Great Exercise That Is The Gateway To Chord Knowledge And Right And Left Hand Control.

Not all guitar lessons on line are created equal. Some free acoustic guitar lessons concentrate on only one aspect of playing.

One may concentrate on chord theory while another one focuses on acoustic guitar technique.

A smarter approach is to develop exercises that work several different things at one time.

This guitar lesson is an introduction for the next few lessons. Learning the basic information here, prepares you for what's to come.

This guitar lesson uses open triads. These particular triads have the 3rd in the bass, the root on the next higher pitched string and the 5th on the highest pitched string.

If this doesn't make any sense to you, you might want to review this page.

Here's a chart of what these chord forms look like.

Major Open Triad 1 Minor Open Triad 1 Diminished Open Triad 1
Major Open Triad 2 Minor Open Triad 2 Diminished Open Triad
Major Open Triad 3 Minor Open Triad 3 Diminished Open Triad 3

Here's a little background on harmonized scales. Instead of using single notes, harmonized scales use chords.

In this lesson we'll be using triads. For a major scale the pattern is major, minor, minor, major, major, minor, diminished, and major.

Harmonized Scale Chart

When you've gotten the scale down as they're written, try moving them up the fingerboard.

Remember to try to get a clean sound with no string buzzing. Getting even volume from each string is something else to be aware of.

Here's the tab for this exercise.

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I hope that you find this exercise helpful. You can contact me with any comments or questions.

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