Chord Construction and Triads lesson 1

Chord Construction

Today lets take a look at how chords are constructed.

 

The smallest most basic chord is called a triad and there are four types of triads.  

What’s a Triad?

A triad is a chord constructed with 3 notes. When in root position (the root note is on the bottom) each note is a third away from the last.  Triads are a basic chord structure and the basis of how other types of chords are constructed. There are four types of triads:

  • Major
  • Minor
  • Augmented
  • Diminished

Major Triads:

Hopefully you’ve read about major scales already; if not go check them out, triads will make much more sense. To create a major triad simply stack the 1st, 3rd, and 5th notes of a major scale on top of each other.

Let’s take the G major scale: G – A – B – C – D – E – F#

Take the 1st, 3rd, and 5th scale degrees out: G – A – B – C – – E – F#

The G major triad would be G – B – D.

Minor Triad

Minor triads are constructed in the same fashion as major triads, only based off the Natural minor scale. Take the 1st, 3rd, and 5th notes of the scale and you end up with the minor triad.

Lets take the G natural minor scale – G – A – Bb – C – D – Eb – F

So the G minor triad would be G -Bb – D

Augmented Triads

Augmented triads have a cool sound, very mysterious. An augmented triad is a major third on top of another major third. So basically, you can take a major triad and raise the 5th note by a half step to get the augmented version (since a major triad is a major third on the bottom and a minor third on the top). The augmented triad has lots of uses and can resolve in many ways. By ‘resolve’, I mean it naturally has the tendency to lead into another chord.

G augmented triad is – G – B – (raised 5th) D#

Diminished Triads:

A diminished triad has a dissonant sound to it. It’s built using two minor thirds.

G diminished triad – G – Bb – Db

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G major scale lesson part 1

G major scale lesson part 1

Understanding the scale (with charts and exercises)

What is a  scale?

A scale is a series of notes within an octave.

What is the Major scale?

The Major (or Ionian) scale uses the following formula –

Whole step – whole step -half step – whole step – whole step – whole step – half step.

if you play on Just the low E string a whole step is equal to two frets (2 semitones) and a half step is equal to one fret. (1 semitone)

Below are the notes for the C major scale – see if you can understand the method above by playing the notes of the c major scale.

1.C

2.D

3.E

4.F

5.G

6.A

7.B

Finish on C

The notes are numbered 1- 7 .

 

 

Now here is the Major Scale in Every Key

C = C – D – E – F – G – A – B – C
D = D – E – F# – G – A – B – C# – D
E = E – F# – G# – A – B – C# – D# – E
F = F – G – A – Bb – C – D – E – F
G = G – A – B – C – D – E – F# – G
A = A – B – C# – D – E – F# – G# – A
B = B – C# – D# – E – F# – G# – A# – B
C# = C# – D# – E# (=F) – F# – G# – A# – B# (=C) – C#
Db = Db – Eb – F – Gb – Ab – Bb – C – Db
Eb = Eb – F – G – Ab – Bb – C – D -Eb
F# = F# – G# – A# – B – C# – D# – E# (=F) – F#
Gb = Gb – Ab – Bb – Cb (=B) – Db – Eb – F – Gb
Ab = Ab – Bb – C – Db – Eb – F – G – Ab
Bb = Bb – C – D – Eb – F – G – A – Bb

Look at the chart attached for The G major scale and learn position 1 today and in lesson 2 we will go into more depth.

See attached the G major scale PDF –

Keep practising and in no time you will be able to do loads with this scale alone in one position

G major scale

 

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Quick Tips for beginner Ukulele players

Quick Tips for  beginner Ukulele players

The Ukulele is back and it’s popular

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Lets have a look at some tips we can give you here at The London Guitar School.

Make sure your ukulele is in good condition

Its very common for me to turn up at a students house ready to em….rock and the students is ukulele has strings missing or holes or….well the less said the better.  A decent ukulele can be bought for £50.  Thats nothing for an instrument as fun as this one.

Get used to tuning

Simple but effective, keep that instrument in tune for your lovely singing!!

Learn to Hold your Ukulele

This may sound stupid but it can help you a lot in the future! Take a few minutes and try some positions either sitting and standing. Don’t hold it to tight and have a nice relaxed body!  Eventually you should be able to walk and play,cool huh?

Be patient

Practice often, even for short periods of time and you will progress.  But don’t worry if it takes time!

Get a FANTASTIC teacher

Oh I know some good teachers. These guys at www.londonguitarschool.co.uk

Watch videos on Youtube

A great we us teachers motivate ourselves and refresh ourselves is by watching videos on youtube. We regularly send our students there too.  It’s fun and easy to too as everyone has a laptop these days.  Just don’t get addicted!

Perform in front of people

The more you do this the more you will geo in confidence and you will also get hooked to performing!

Learn to strum effectively

At the start you’ll probably only be doing simple up and down, up and down, up and down. But after a while you can try to add some slapping and palm muting to really get that chunky, funky and groovy feeling.  There are a few ways to strum including with picks, the thumb and fingers.  By checking our blog page and youtube page we will soon be putting up tutorial videos on strumming the ukulele

 

AND FINALLY HAVE FUN!!!!!!

 

The best guitar magazines

The best guitar magazines

Just a quick post to look at the guitar magazines we recommend and that make you a better guitar player.

The following magazines are usually always found in your typical newsagent or WHSmith.

Total Guitar –

I used to buy this all the time when I was a teenager.  Great for Rock, metal and whatever is trendy with the kids in the music scene and always up to date.  it usually features a fair few songs to learn as well as riffs and interviews.

Great for beginners to intermediate players

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Guitar techniques

This is my favourite magazine currently.  It caters for more competent and advanced musicains and always has a load of varied content.  It covers every type of music imaginable from country to dance to shred and you will always be inspired and motivated by at least something in each issue.

Good for anyone wanting some motivation or inspiration for something new

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Guitarist magazine

This is a magazine often focused more on news and reviews rather than playing.  Good if you want to read while travelling or something like that.  It always has informative articles.

Good for reading rather than playing tips

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The best cover songs!!

The best cover songs ever!!

Eric Clapton – I shot the sheriff

A really fun cover of a popular Bob Marley song!

Guns n Roses – Knockin on heavens door

Better than the origional? You decide

Boyce Avenue – Just about everything

Well I had to include these YouTube giants didn’t I

and finally this………..:-)

Poker Face- by some metal guy!

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