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Having Fun With Triads (Open D and Dm Patterns)

Seriously – if you’re playing along with another guitar player – this lesson will help you find something different to play. Puh-lease don’t play exactly the same thing – unless you’re specifically trying to play in unison!

Triads are cool because once you get the hang of them, you can easily throw them in anywhere to spice up your playing. Additionally, they are in a higher register than the open chords, so they’ll cut through the noise of the band without turning up your volume.

In this particular video the triads I showed are based on the open D and open Dm chord patterns. For example:

6-5-4-3-2-1 (String number)
X-X-0-2-3-2 (D)
X-X-0-2-3-1 (Dm)

Where X means you don’t play that string, and numbers indicate the fret position. As I move these chords up the fretboard, I simply stop playing the 4th string as well.

Watch Major Triads on Youtube


Learn 48 Chords in 9 Minutes

Bar chords are probably the most powerful chords you can learn on the guitar, because they are so versatile. With just a single chord pattern memorized, you can play in every key. Learn four patterns, and you’re ready to take on the world.

Bar chords are so important, I’ve created an entire course on them. You’ll learn the highlights in this short video, but if you’d like me to walk you through it much more slowly and in more detail, covering many more chord combinations, then I’d recommend checking out the course. You can find it here.

Alright, let’s dive in.

In this video I show you how to use four chord formations to create 48 different chords. The four basic chord patterns are shown below:

6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 (string number)
0 – 2 – 2 – 1 – 0 – 0    “E” Pattern Bar Chord
0 – 2 – 2 – 0 – 0 – 0    “Em” Pattern Bar Chord
X – 0 – 2 – 2 – 2 – 0    “A” Pattern Bar Chord
X – 0 – 2 – 2 – 1 – 0     “Am” Pattern Bar Chord

When you read the patterns above, if there is an X, don’t play that string. Where there are numbers, make sure you’re pressing the correct string on the given fret number.

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