Major Triad Positions: One Way to Learn the Guitar Fretboard

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In a recent previous post, “Guitar Lessons: Scales & Learning the Guitar Fretboard,” I mentioned a few things you can put into practice to master the guitar fretboard. One of these suggestions was to learn your triads over the fretboard. Triads can help “connect the dots” for how individual notes across the fretboard interact and relate to one other.

Just a forewarning, this discussion needs some understanding of how guitar scales work. This might make more sense to more intermediate players. If you are just beginning, you will want to check out guitar scales explained.

What are triads?

A triad is a group of three notes played simultaneously. Triads are made up of one note with a major third and a perfect fifth above it. In plain speak, a triad is just a three note chord. There are different types of triads: major, minor, augmented, and diminished.

For now, we just want to talk about and focus on major triads. If we understand major triads, we can understand the other ones better. […]

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Guitar Games Review: Learn Guitar & Fight Space Monsters

Lately, we’ve had some great lessons about guitar scales, learning the fretboard, and theory. If we’re really honest though, this stuff isn’t always very fun to digest. However, unbeknownst to me until just lately, there is a fun way to put all of this material into practice.

Just recently, I received an email from William Wilson, a classical guitarist from San Diego. William has put together a very fun and interactive resource created to help you learn the guitar fretboard, guitar scales, and theory called Guitar Games. I asked William if he would let me try it out and write up a review, and he gave me the okay.

Guitar Games Features
The goal of Guitar Games is to help you learn the guitar fretboard, guitar scales, theory, and how to read music. They’ve created a variety of interactive and fun games to help you learn all of this information that can often times be very boring.

I was pretty skeptical when I first received William’s email. I was honestly expecting the games to be cheesy and not very helpful. How can you possible make theory and learning the fretboard fun? It seems like a paradox.

However, I was pretty surprised once I took a look. […]

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Guitar Lessons: Scales & Learning the Guitar Fretboard

It’s true that knowing guitar scales and learning the guitar fretboard is invaluable for taking your playing to the next level. A knowledge and understanding of your instrument opens up a wide variety of creative possibilities (e.g. soloing, improvising, etc.) for how you actually play your instrument.

In the past, we’ve explained the theory behind guitar scales and we’ve also took a more in depth look at how to build a major scale. This information is essential to your growth, but we’ve never really had any guitar lessons that look at the ways you can actually learn guitar scales and learn the guitar fretboard.

In this guitar lesson on scales, let’s look at a three ways you can learn guitar scales and learn the guitar fretboard […]

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Guitar Scale Anatomy: Theory Explained Behind Guitar Scales

In this lesson, we look at how the notes of a guitar scale interact and relate with one another. When I first started playing guitar, it was suggested that I learn guitar scales up and down the guitar neck so I could learn the guitar fretboard. However, learning patterns will only get you so far. You need to know how the notes function in a guitar scale so you know how to use them to improvise and crafts solos and lead lines. […]

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Fretboard Note Chart

I took the liberty of making up this guitar fretboard note chart as an aid for learning the guitar fretboard. I couldn’t find many good ones out there that laid it all out so I made my own! I made this fretboard note chart up to the 20th fret. Use this for reference or as […]

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Learn Guitar Fretboard: Tips & Thoughts

Learning the guitar fretboard can prove itself to be quite the challenge. However, it’s a wonderful thing to be able to navigate across the guitar fretboard with ease and clarity. If you know your fretboard, you can solo and improvise very naturally. But, how do you even begin to learn the guitar fretboard? Let me share some of my own thoughts with you on learning the guitar fretboard and some resources that can help you.

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