Triads Essentials: #4 Scale with Triad Transitions

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Triads Essentials is a free weekly guitar lesson series by New York pro and Sherpa Instructor Joe Pinnavaia covering the essentials of triads use, helping you break the typical scale pattern funk that so many of us get caught up in. Stay tuned for more and be sure to subscribe or check out Joe’s Sherpa classroom, the Fusion Funhouse!

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In this brief lesson we take a look at the use of triads as a bridge between diatonic movement or scalar movement. The use of three notes in a row attached with a three string triad and then three more notes as well as stacking two string and three triads to make a cascade of notes. These techniques are used by a lot of players but can give you the ability to add motion and fluidity to your lines.

Again we are staying in G Major and if you have and A Dorian Backing track or A minor 7th static vamp you can try these examples against that to hear how they sound.

Once you get these under your fingers these types of movements can take you places across the fretboard in a hurry. Keep things slow and even in the beginning and then build up your tempo.

Until next time stay true – stay on fire!

Triads Essentials is a free weekly guitar lesson series by New York pro and Sherpa Instructor Joe Pinnavaia covering the essentials of triads use, helping you break the typical scale pattern funk that so many of us get caught up in. Stay tuned for more and be sure to subscribe or check out Joe’s Sherpa classroom, the Fusion Funhouse!



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Triads Essentials: #3 Stacking Uses

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Triads Essentials is a free weekly guitar lesson series by New York pro and Sherpa Instructor Joe Pinnavaia covering the essentials of triads use, helping you break the typical scale pattern funk that so many of us get caught up in. Stay tuned for more and be sure to subscribe or check out Joe’s Sherpa classroom, the Fusion Funhouse!

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Hello again! In this installment on the uses of Triads again we are looking at the stacking concept but this time we are looking at combining lateral with vertical movement. The examples included are the just the beginning in the literal hundreds of different ways one can combine shapes and build lines that are non diatonic and spacious.

The practicing concept is also simple – start slowly and try to visualize shapes and shift positions and let your ears guide you to how the notes should resolve. This ultra slow practicing concept is also used by some sax players as they work on improvisation. As you become better at building lines using triad shapes the process will get faster and faster. Stick with it and have fun with the process!

Don’t forget to Stay True – Stay on Fire!

Triads Essentials is a free weekly guitar lesson series by New York pro and Sherpa Instructor Joe Pinnavaia covering the essentials of triads use, helping you break the typical scale pattern funk that so many of us get caught up in. Stay tuned for more and be sure to subscribe or check out Joe’s Sherpa classroom, the Fusion Funhouse!

Triads Essentials: #2 Stacking Form

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Triads Essentials is a free weekly guitar lesson series by New York pro and Sherpa Instructor Joe Pinnavaia covering the essentials of triads use, helping you break the typical scale pattern funk that so many of us get caught up in. Stay tuned for more and be sure to subscribe or check out Joe’s Sherpa classroom, the Fusion Funhouse!

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In this lesson I take a look at a concept that I call Triad Stacking. This is taking those three note shapes and place them on top of each other which creates vertical movement on the fretboard.

The PDFs are written in the key of G Major and go through the diatonic positions with both triad shapes. If you look at these as a whole they create arpeggios of the chord scale with extended harmony. This can really spice up lines over open chords like “power” chords or even over major and minor 7 chords.

You can use a Dorian style jam or a chord progression such as A minor to Eminor to practice over. Take your time and you will hear that your lines will want to resolve in a certain way but use your ears and sense of taste to figure out where they want to go.

Until next time – Stay True, Stay on Fire!

Triads Essentials is a free weekly guitar lesson series by New York pro and Sherpa Instructor Joe Pinnavaia covering the essentials of triads use, helping you break the typical scale pattern funk that so many of us get caught up in. Stay tuned for more and be sure to subscribe or check out Joe’s Sherpa classroom, the Fusion Funhouse!



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Triads Essentials: #1 Three String Triads

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Triads Essentials is a free weekly guitar lesson series by New York pro and Sherpa Instructor Joe Pinnavaia covering the essentials of triads use, helping you break the typical scale pattern funk that so many of us get caught up in. Stay tuned for more and be sure to subscribe or check out Joe’s Sherpa classroom, the Fusion Funhouse!

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Most guitar players know what these triads are and how they function. The idea is to use them in a way that can break the typical scale pattern funk that so many of us get caught up in. What make triads such a great musical tool is that they speak directly to the harmony and can also extend the harmony and create a different vocabulary to draw from.

In this lesson I briefly introduce them and share the shapes as well as how to use them over a basic ii, V7 progression. Practicing the shapes and doing them through the cycle of 4ths and 5ths will open up a new world of possibilities. Learning the triads all over the fretboard is a great way to increase your fretboard knowledge as well.

For the next lessons I will get into some other ways to use these shapes to create more melodic and interesting lines.

Triads Essentials is a free weekly guitar lesson series by New York pro and Sherpa Instructor Joe Pinnavaia covering the essentials of triads use, helping you break the typical scale pattern funk that so many of us get caught up in. Stay tuned for more and be sure to subscribe or check out Joe’s Sherpa classroom, the Fusion Funhouse!



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