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Blues Triad Mastery

"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


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