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Watch the Pickin' Triads: Study 1 online guitar lesson by Jason Loughlin from Country Guitar Survival Guide: Lead Edition

This is one of my favorite things to do. It works great in solos and it's a great way to spice up your rhythm guitar parts. Most players use triad embellishment but Albert Lee's use of chicken pickin' triads might be my favorite. Every chord is built with at least one triad, sometimes more depending on how many extensions are in the chord. The triad shapes tend to be very easy to play on guitar and lend themselves well to the chicken pickin technique. There are a ton of right and left hand variations to be used with chicken pickin' triads. Let's apply our chicken pickin' chops to triads and triad inversions. This instrumental will have us running up and down chord scales, using different triad inversions and outlining chord extensions. I've kept the right hand pattern pretty much the same for the whole exercise so you can focus on the fretboard and see how the triads work with the chords. We are going to be using a three part pattern for the right hand. Patterns of three are common in country guitar playing. Using an odd number pattern like this against groups of eighth notes or sixteenth notes forces the accent to always be shifting from down to upbeats. This rhythmic tension is called a hemiola.