TRIADS ARE CHORDS
You might not have realized, but triads are probably one of the first things you ever learned on guitar:
- E chord - it’s a triad
- Am chord - yep, triad
- D7 chord - you guessed it…triad
- C chord - not one, but three triads glued together!
They’re the bare bones of harmony, the three elements combined to make what we call 'chords'
They are seen and used in countless songs across vastly different genres: rock, pop, funk, folk, reggae, ska (even metal!), which makes them essential learning.
There are literally hundreds of ways to play any chord if you understand how chords are built and how you move them around the neck.
Not only will the study of triads revolutionize your rhythm playing, but it will also ensure you hit the right notes every time in your lead solos.
What students say...
Ken Smith, Australia
"I’m at a senior age (try 70!) and I have been learning guitar for about 15 months now, practicing for about 2 hours per day.
I have tried many different online courses over that time and honestly, it can be a bit hit-and-miss with them.
However, Ry's 'Triads Inside Out' course is one of the best-produced and most useful that I’ve found."
Manuel Canavarro, Spain
"Both Ry's courses provide you with an understandable and pleasant overview of the foundations of music theory applied to the Guitar's fretboard.
In my opinion, Ry completely succeeds in one of the hardest tasks of teaching: making complexity something simple and enjoyable. "
Check out the preview lessons for a look inside the course
- Download your Reference Book
- Introduction (0:09)
- Root Position Major Triad - Closed and Open Voicings (3:08)
- First Inversion Major Triad (1:31)
- Second Inversion Major Triad (1:15)
- Major Triad Inversions on First String Set (Strings 1, 2 and 3) (3:29)
- Think About the Root Notes (0:55)
- F Major Triads (2:43)
- Week 1 Exercise: Major Triad Inversions Explanation (1:03)
- Week 1 Exercise 1: Major Triads Demo (1:39)
- Minor Triad Inversions (3:05)
- BONUS Exercise for Week 1: Minor Triads (1:41)
- Diminished Triad Inversions (1:29)
- Augmented Triad Inversions (2:14)
- Week 1 Exercise 2: All Triads and Inversions (1:29)
- Week 1 Exercise 2: All Triad Shapes Demo (0:36)
- A Useful Augmented Triad Trick (2:23)
- Week 1 Conclusion (0:17)
- Introduction (0:09)
- I-V Progression (Segment 1 of the Fretboard) (2:34)
- I-V Progression in other Segments of Fretboard (1:43)
- Sus4 Chords - Theory Explanation and Using them in the Progression (4:34)
- Finding the iii Chord From the I Chord (3:41)
- Locating the Other Triads in the Major Key (ii-IV-vi) (2:23)
- A Root Note Scale Pattern in Segment 1 (1:33)
- Week 2 Exercise 1: Chord Scale (Segment 1) (0:57)
- A Root Note Scale Pattern in Segment 2 (2:08)
- Week 2 Exercise 2: Chord Scale (Segment 2) (0:57)
- A Root Note Scale Pattern in Segment 3 (1:12)
- Week 2 Exercise 3: Chord Scale (Segment 3) (0:56)
- Try to Play Through Some of Your Own Progressions Using the Triads (2:12)
- Chord Progression Playthrough (2:44)
- Introduction (0:19)
- Octave Inversions (Major Triads) (3:33)
- Week 3: Exercise 1 Major Triad Inversions (1:48)
- Using the Theory to learn the Minor Triad Shapes (4:30)
- Diminished and Augmented Triad Inversions on String Set 2 (2:53)
- Learning the Triad Shapes with a Chord Scale (Key of A major) (3:23)
- Learning different inversions with another Chord Scale (Key of E major) (1:33)
- Week 3 Conclusion (1:02)
- Introduction (0:15)
- The Rules (2:48)
- Root Position Major Triads (All String Sets) (1:13)
- Root Position Minor Triads (All String Sets) (0:58)
- Root Position Diminished Triads (All String Sets) (1:02)
- Root Position Augmented Triads (All String Sets) (0:38)
- Week 4 Exercise 1: All Root Position Triads (1:52)
- Week 4 Exercise 1: All Root Position Triads Demo (1:14)
- First Inversion Triads (All String Sets) (2:39)
- Week 4 Exercise 2: All First Inversion Triads (0:19)
- Week 4 Exercise 2: All First Inversion Triads Demo (1:10)
- Second Inversion Triads (All String Sets) (2:28)
- Week 4 Exercise 3: All Second Inversion Triads (1:07)
- Week 4 Exercise 3: All Second Inversion Triads Demo (1:12)
- Week 4 Conclusion (0:36)
- Introduction (0:26)
- An overview of CAGED (2:30)
- CAGED Inversions - Root Major (A-Shape into G-Shape) (2:12)
- CAGED Inversions - Root Minor (A-Shape into G-Shape) (1:01)
- CAGED Inversions - Root Diminished and Augmented (1:41)
- Week 5 Exercise 1: CAGED Inversions starting from a Root Position (1:45)
- CAGED Inversions - First Inversion Major (E-Shape) (1:37)
- CAGED Inversions - First Inversion Minor (E-Shape) (0:46)
- CAGED Inversions - First Inversion Diminished and Augmented (1:26)
- Week 5 Exercise 2: CAGED Inversions starting from a First Inversion (1:19)
- CAGED Inversions -Second Inversion Major (C-Shape) (1:32)
- CAGED Inversions -Second Inversion Minor (C-Shape) (0:59)
- CAGED Inversions -Second Inversion Diminished and Augmented (1:02)
- Week 5 Exercise 2: CAGED Inversions starting from a Second Inversion (1:21)
- Week 5 Conclusion (0:34)
- Introduction (0:27)
- How to easily create an open voicing grip from the closed voicing triads (2:47)
- Moving open voicings vertically across the string sets (2:42)
- Changing the intervals for the different triad qualities (2:28)
- Open sus chord grips (4:15)
- Moving horizontally through the inversions (2:05)
- Discovering new grips simply by moving notes (3:41)
- Open Triad Chord Scales (3:00)
- A great exercise to visualise open voicing triads using a progression (4:59)
- Open Voicing Exercise Demonstration (1:11)
- Week 7 Conclusion (0:47)
- Introduction (0:12)
- An Overview of Seventh Chords (in case you need it) (5:03)
- Using Triads when playing Major Seventh Chords (4:33)
- Using Triads when playing Dominant Seventh Chords (2:23)
- Using Triads when playing Minor Seventh Chords (2:27)
- Using Triads for m7b5 Chords (AND a summary) (3:51)
- Extended Chords and Triads - The Major Ninth (5:07)
- The Dominant Ninth and Minor Ninth Chords (2:35)
- The Dominant Eleventh Sound (2:25)
- 1. Can You Be Liked? (0:24)
- Can You Be Liked? Breakdown (2:20)
- 2. Weeping (0:32)
- Weeping Breakdown (3:30)
- 3. Wild Carriage (0:18)
- Wild Carriage Breakdown (2:27)
- 4. Night Time Blues (0:27)
- Night Time Blues Breakdown (3:46)
- 5. Hail (On No!) (0:18)
- Hail (Oh No!) Breakdown (3:15)
- 6. Raven (0:29)
- Raven Breakdown (3:39)
- 7. For Her (0:45)
- For Her Breakdown (4:17)
- 8. Neo Soul Train (0:22)
- Neo Soul Train Breakdown (4:21)
- Closing Words (0:48)
We will cover
- The theory of the triad
- Major, minor, diminished, and augmented triad shapes
- What inversions are and how you play them
- ALL possible closed-voicing triads
- Playing chord progressions and creating second guitar parts anywhere on the neck
- Applying octave shapes to closed voicing triads to literally 'spread' the notes out for open vioicing triads
- Sus chord grips
- Using triads as substitutions for seventh chords
- Combining triads with different bass notes for creating more colourful chords
- Other great sounds derived from triad shapes, namely thirds, sixths, and tenths
- Triad application for lead playing - arpeggios and chord tone soloing
To help you learn...
- Detailed breakdowns of the concepts with explanatory notes and PDF tabs
- Exercises at every stage to add to your practice schedule to master the concepts taught
8 Triad Studies written specifically for the course to show you how to be creative and inplement your new knowledge
Who is this course designed for?
The student in mind when I created this course is an intermediate player with a solid grounding in the fundamentals of guitar music theory.
They will have learned all common open chords and barre chord grips (rooted on string 6(E) and string 5(A)) but are longing to not be restricted in their playing.
They want to be able to navigate the fretboard and play through any progression in any style anywhere on the neck.
Can I download the videos?
The course videos can be streamed in web browsers or using the Teachable iOS app. The teaching content (pdfs) are downloadable, but not the videos (to protect them from being posted anywhere else).
How long do I have access to the course?
Forever! Sign up for 'Triads: Inside Out' once and you'll have lifetime access to the course materials, which will be continuously reviewed and updated.
How will I access the course?
You get instant access to the ENTIRE course once you sign up.
What format is the course content delivered in?
The course is predominantly video, with accompanying PDF tab handouts containing the content of each video lesson.
Do you offer any refunds or guarantees?
If you are in any way unsatisfied with your purchase, let me know in the first 30 days and I will give you a full refund. 30 days?! Yep. I’m that confident that you’re going to love what I have to share with you!
Before you start...
Ideally student will have read my ‘Fretboard Mastery’ eBook and completed my introductory theory course ‘Guitar Rut Busters: Essential Theory’.
Theoretical concept will be reviewed in this course but, at the very least, the student is expected to know the following:
- The naming of notes (musical alphabet/sharps/flats)
- Fretboard Octave Shapes
- Major Scale Formula
- Key Signatures / Circle of Fifths
- Chords in a Major Key
- Natural Minor Scale Formula
- Chords in a Minor Key
CAGED Clarity eBook
Next-level fretboard mastery to help you connect the dots and finally 'see' the guitar using the CAGED system
The Chord Book: Volume 1
The ultimate chord theory reference guide for players looking to drastically improve their chord knowledge and the underlying theory of what they are playing and why it works