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What's the point of using triads? Well, I hope this guitar lesson clarifies this a little. If you haven't used triads much when you improvise solos, you should give it a try.

Playing a scale, note by note, can start to sound very sterile and boring when improvising. By using triads to play that same scale, you can "open up" your playing a bit and get away from the repetitive sound of note-after-note scale approach.


Below are the triads shown in the video. G Major, A Minor, B Minor, C Major, D Major, E Minor, F# Diminished and G Major again, one octave higher than the first (12 frets above).

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Comments on this video lesson:

William Dyck said...

Thanks loads, what a great idea,you gave my playing a huge new twist.

Comment added on April 14, 2012
Derick said...

This was an excellent lesson and after watching opened my eyes to a whole new approach to playing leads. I've seen people use this technique but did not quite understand the theory behind it until you explained it. Thanks so much! I would be interested in possibly some of your webcam lessons. I'll poke around on the site to see if you have any more info. Thanks.

Comment added on January 01, 2011
Robert said...

Thanks Drew, I am available for webcam lessons, if you are interested.

Comment added on April 12, 2010
drew said...

awesome lesson. instantly gave my playing a huge jolt. easy to follow, jotted down the tab and just went after it. glad to hear you are going to expand on this triad concept. would like to hook up for more. know a teacher in denver on this level?

Comment added on April 11, 2010
Robert said...

Brian, the best thing is to find a teacher that can guide you through this. I am probably not in your area, but I offer webcam lessons if you are interested.

Comment added on March 16, 2010
Brian said...


am a very frustrated guitar player wanting to learn how to improvise. i just saw your video on triads in G but i'm don't know all my triads or arpeggios. can you please get me started on a path that will lead me to improve improvising. maybe a good book. i do practice my scales everyday but am sounding very linear and boring as you said. if you could just tell me what i should practice/learn i will get on it. right now i just have no idea on how to begin this journey. any help would be greatly appreciated. thx, brian from chicago.

Comment added on March 16, 2010
domenico said...

Thank you for your website and your great lessons,i'm italian.

Comment added on December 23, 2008
Cyril said...

Thank you for your website, I'm French, I discovered your music on youtube and you are a very good player and it's a good idea to give us tips on music theory, I'm going to try triads!

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Comment added on April 26, 2008
Anthony said...

Great Lesson.Definately got a lot from this lesson.

Comment added on March 18, 2008
Robert said...

Thanks Tony, it makes me glad to hear this! I'll expand more on this in upcoming videos.

Comment added on February 11, 2008
tony wood said...

dude, i cant believe how good you are, i wish id had a teacher like you around, your methods are so easy to follow, i have learned by ear and could never follow tab or read music so i didnt bother to learn other stuff i really wanted to know and now you have just opened up my playing and understanding so much more and all through triads, which i didnt have a clue what that meant as i said i play by ear and can play hendrix and other greats with ease but to understand what the hell im doin has been 18 years of frustration but now its all over, many thanks will be using your site again and again, all the best from tony.

Comment added on February 11, 2008

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New Course - Comping with Triads -

Learn 6 common chord progressions.

NEW - T-Bone Walker Lesson

"You are simply the best teacher on the internet. Always cool, explain things well, and relevant stuff for beginners to advanced players. Even my kids are into your lessons now!"

I was chosen as the 2013 Next Top Guitar Instructor at Truefire!