Blues Triad Mastery
(06 Sep 02)
"As if there weren't enough articles and lessons on triads already! What...we need another one?" Nah, you don't need the Blues Triad Mastery (BTM) lesson. I created BTM because I wanted to learn triads in a way that was fun for both fingers and ears. I couldn't find a lesson like this, so I wrote one.
I wanted something Bluesey. I wanted to play *music* and not a monotonous, "mah-ching up and down the fretboard" (Say with a John Cleese accent) lesson as boring as cardboard.
What specifically is BTM?
Blues Triad Mastery is two examples of ii-V-I based chord progressions that illustrate each inversion of three of the four fundamental triad types, using a melody soaked in the Blues. Here's a summary of the features of BTM:
- Blues-based melody
- Musical context: Two-five-one progressions
- Triads in all inversions
- Frets from 0 to 12, strings high E through D covered
- Two types of 251 progressions: target tone and scale-style
- Major, minor, diminished triads covered
How does it help me?
Here are some specific benefits that BTM provides:
- Builds facility with triads in all inversions.
- Shows you how to make triad practice engaging with the Blues.
- Provides the basis for understanding more complex chords.
- Grows your ears by conditioning you to the major, minor, and diminished triads.
- Enhances skill in playing the essential ii-V7-I progression.
Who's it for?
Blues Triad Mastery is intended to help beginning to intermediate level
guitarists. But, even advanced guitarists might enjoy and benefit from BTM.
Here are the two progressions. The by-string approach is first.
F major, ascending and descending, string 1
Here's a progression using the focus note or target note approach.
F, String 1, focus note A