You might not have realised, but triads were probably one of the first things you ever learnt on guitar.
E major - it’s a triad
A minor - yep, triad
D7 - you guessed it…triad
C major - three triads glued together!
Triads are chords. They’re the bare bones of harmony, the three elements combined to make what we more commonly name as simply 'chords'.
They are seen and used in countless songs across vastly different genres: rock, pop, funk, folk, reggae, ska (even metal!), which makes them essential learning.
There are literally hundreds of ways to play any chord if you understand how chords are built and how you move them around the neck.
Not only will the study of triads revolutionise your rhythm playing, it will also ensure you hit the right notes every time in your lead solos.
Hey, I'm Ry Naylor and I am a British guitar instructor and professional transcriber based in Toulouse, France, with over twenty years of experience.
I am passionate about enlightening my students’ understanding of what they play through the application of music theory in a clear, concise and fun way.
This approach is behind my hugely successful Instagram account with over 38,000 followers, and my YouTube channel with over 26,000 subscribers and more than 2.9 MILLION views.
In this comprehensive course, designed to motivate and inspire your weekly practice, I will break down triad shapes and teach you how to memorise and apply them in your own playing.
I will show you a systematic way of dividing the strings into four sets of three adjacent strings and teach you every, single possible closed voicing triad from any note on the fretboard.
We will then use these shapes as a basis to explore open (or spread) triad voicings to create beautiful sounds from even the most simple of chord progressions.
The first three modules are immediately available upon signup (see below). There will be a new course module released every Friday with new information and practice exercises for that week.
The course will cover the following:
There will be detailed breakdowns of the concepts with explanatory notes and pdf tab downloads. There will also be exercises at every stage to add to your practice schedule to master the concepts taught.
Who is this course designed for?
The student in mind when I created this course is an intermediate player with a solid grounding in the fundamentals of music theory.
You will have learnt all of your open chords and common barre chord grips (rooted on string 6(E) and string 5(A)), but are longing to not be restricted in your playing.
You want be able to navigate the fretboard and play through any progression in any style anywhere on the neck.
Here is what students had to say about my first course, 'Guitar Rut Busters: Essential Theory':
"This course opened my eyes."
- DL Edwards, USA
"Ry has a very relaxed yet thorough teaching manner/skill, and his lessons are set at a pace that allows you to fully absorb their extremely accurate content."
- Phil James, UK
"The best teacher that I've ever had."
- Julian Lopez, Spain
Ideally student will have read my ‘Fretboard Mastery’ eBook and completed my introductory theory course ‘Guitar Rut Busters: Essential Theory’.
Theoretical concept will be reviewed in this course but, at the very least, the student is expected to know the following: