FreeOnlineGuitarLessons-Exercise4 Is A Great Fingerstyle Workout!

FreeOnlineGuitarLessons-Exercise4 Offers A Tremendous Way To Learn Guitar Technique Online. This next in our series of fingerstyle guitar lessons includes a free guitar video lesson.

We're going to continue using the open first inversion triad that we've used in previous lessons. This triad always has the 3rd of the scale as the lowest pitched note, the 1st or root as the next lowest and the 5th as the highest.

This can be a very handy triad and it's the basis for some pretty useful seventh chords. We'll get into the seventh chords in a later lesson.

The chord progression in this lesson is based on the cycle of fifths.

Cycle of 4ths

Take a look at the image above. You'll notice that moving in a clockwise fashion advances the note to a note that's five scale degrees away from the starting note.

A simple way to check it yourself is to play a major scale. The note that you start on is "1" and the 5th note in the pattern is "5".

You'll see on the chart above that G is a 5th above C, D a 5th above G and so on.

FreeOnlineGuitarLessons-Exercise4 begins on the 1st fret playing an Ab (A flat) triad on strings 5, 3, and 2. For the Eb (E flat) triad, stay on the 1st fret and move to strings 6, 4, and 3.

If you look at the Cycle of 5ths chart, you'll see that Ab comes right before Eb. This pattern of moving up a 5th then moves up the fingerboard.

The right hand follows a pattern too. The pattern of notes in the right hand is 1 (Root), 3rd, 5th, and 1. It doesn't matter which set of strings the triad's on. The right hand pattern is always 1, 3, 5, 1.

Once you have both the right and left hands down, the exercise is really simple to play. To get the most out of it, play the exercise slowly enough so that you don't make any mistakes. Then gradually speed it up.

Playing it slowly and smoothly trains you to play smoothly. Playing it fast and with mistakes trains you to play in a ragged unpleasant sounding fashion.

You will need a TEF viewer to see the music for this lesson. You can download it free here.

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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

Have fun with FreeOnlineGuitarLessons-Exercise4! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

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