12 Ways To Play Any Major Or Minor Chord On Guitar

by Simon Candy

 

Triad Chord Shapes Guitar Article PicIn this video, you learn how to play triad chord shapes all over the fretboard of the guitar. Triads are at the foundation of all chords on the guitar, and knowing how to play them in all positions will greatly enhance your guitar playing both in a rhythm and lead context. 

In this lesson, you learn the major and minor triad chord shapes on all string sets of the guitar, giving you 12 positions for each.

You also learn how to train these triads into your fingers via three extremely effective strategies:

1. By Shape

This strategy has you using one triad shape for all the chords of a progression

2. By Position

This strategy has you using a mixture of triad shapes allowing you to remain in the same area of the fretboard when voicing out the chords of a progression

3. Vertically

This strategy has you working a variety of triad chord shapes up each string set within a single position of the fretboard

These strategies combine to ensure you get the triad shapes down for good, enabling you to easily access them in your own guitar playing.

Watch the video below to learn more:

 

 

Triad Chord Shapes String Set 3, 2, 1

C Major:

Triad Chord Shapes Guitar Major 3 2 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C Minor:

Triad Chord Shapes Guitar Minor 3 2 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Triad Chord Shapes String Set 4, 3, 2

C Major:

Triad Chord Shapes Guitar Major 4 3 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C Minor:

Triad Chord Shapes Guitar Minor 4 3 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Triad Chord Shapes String Set 5, 4, 3

C Major:

Triad Chord Shapes Guitar Major 5 4 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C Minor:

Triad Chord Shapes Guitar Minor 5 4 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Triads Chord Shapes String Set 6, 5, 4

C Major:

Triad Chord Shapes Guitar Major 6 5 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C Minor:

Triad Chord Shapes Guitar Minor 6 5 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Triad Chord Progressions

By Shape

Progression 1:

This first triad progression uses one shape for each of the chords on string set 4, 3, 2:

 

Triad Shapes Guitar Chord Progression 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progression 2:

The second progression uses one shape for each of the chords on string set 5, 4, 3:

 

Triad Shapes Guitar Chord Progression 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progression 3:

This progression uses one shape for each of the chords on string set 6, 5, 4:

 

Triad Shapes Guitar Chord Progression 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Position

Progression 4:

The fourth progression uses several different triad shapes on string set 4, 3, 2. This allows you to remain in the same position of the fretboard for a smoother sound between the chord changes:

 

Triad Shapes Guitar Chord Progression 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progression 5:

Progression 5 uses several different triad shapes on string set 5, 4, 3, remaining in the same are of the fretboard for a smooth sound:

 

Triad Shapes Guitar Chord Progression 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progression 6:

Progression 6 also uses several different triad shapes, this time on string set 6, 5, 4:

 

Triad Shapes Guitar Chord Progression 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vertical Movement

Progression 7:

This final progression uses triads in a vertical fashion, moving up each of the string sets to remain in the same position on the fretboard:

 

Triad Shapes Guitar Chord Progression 7 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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