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C Major Scale | Diatonic Triads | String Set 135

Diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 135

This tutorial covers diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 135. Find previous blog posts with triads on different string sets in part 1part 2 and part 3 of this tutorial.

 

The video shows all diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 135.

 

 

Open voiced triads

Create diatonic open-voiced triads on string set 135 by replacing the middle note of each triad of string set 123 with the same note on string 5 (-1 octave).

Diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 135 · open voiced triads

 

Shifting the root

Create diatonic triads in a major scale by just shifting the root of each triad down a diatonic second.

Diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 135 · Shifting root notes

 

All triads in all keys

Play open voiced triads on string set 135 in all other major keys:

Cmaj → Fmaj → Bbmaj → Ebmaj → Abmaj → Dbmaj → Gbmaj → F#maj → Bmaj → Emaj → Amaj → Dmaj → Gmaj → Cmaj

 

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C Major Scale | Diatonic Triads | String Set 234

Diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 234

This tutorial covers diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 234. Find previous blog posts with triads on string set 123 in part 1 and part 2 of this tutorial.


Create diatonic triads in a major scale by just shifting the root of each triad down a diatonic second → 2 common tones.

Note the position of the root notes on strings set 234

  • 1st inversion → root on upper (2nd) string
  • 2nd inversion → root on middle (3rd) string
  • root position → root on lower (4th) string

 

Diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 234

 

The video shows all diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 234.

 

String 1 → String 4

Create diatonic triads on string set 234 by replacing the upper note of each triad of string set 123 with the same note on string 4 (-1 octave).

  • 2nd inversion on 123 → 1st inversion on 234
  • 1st inversion on 123 → root position on 234
  • root position on 123 → 2nd inversion on 234

 

Diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 1234

 

Same inversions on string set 123 and 234

Each diagram shows identical triads on string set 123 and 234. However they differ in tone quality due to gauge and length of the played strings.

Diatonic triads in the key of C major on string set 123 and 234

 

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Building Seventh Chords | Amaj7 → Adim7

Update August 2016: Added free PDF – download Building Seventh Chords

Building seventh chords maj7 → dom7 → min7 → min7(b5) → dim7 by shifting one note of each seventh chord down a minor second. Pay attention to the identical dim7 chord shapes in all positions.

 

Chord structures

maj7 1 3 5 7 A C# E G#
dom7 1 3 5 b7 A C# E G
min7 1 b3 5 b7 A C E G
min7(b5) 1 b3 b5 b7 A C Eb G
dim7 1 b3 b5 bb7 A C Eb Gb

 

Building Seventh Chords | Amaj7 → Adim7

The chord diagrams in this Keynote presentation were created with the fonts Chords. No images or shapes were used.

 

Different String Sets

Try also other string sets such as 2345, 3456, 2346

 

building seventh chords - major7-string-sets

 

 

Diatonic triads in the key of G major and F major

Diatonic triads in the key of G major and F major

Create diatonic triads in a major scale by just shifting the root of each triad down a diatonic second → 2 common tones.

The video shows all diatonic triads in the key of G major and F major on string set 123.

 

 

Diatonic Triads in the key of C major

Find the previous blog post covering diatonic triads in the key of C major in part 1 of this tutorial.

 

triads-inversions-in-the-key-of-C-on-string-set-123

 

Diatonic Triads in the key of G major

To cover all inversions of all triads on string set 123 we start on the Cmaj (IVmaj) triad in the 12th position. Note that the Cmaj triad in the key of G is IVmaj.

Create diatonic triads in the key of G major by just shifting the root of each triad down a diatonic second → 2 common tones.

 

triads-inversions-in-the-key-of-G-on-string-set-123

Click the download link at the end of this blog post to get a free PDF with an overview of all triads and inversions on string set 123 in the key of G major and F major.

 

Diatonic Triads in the key of F major

Again we we start on the Cmaj (Vmaj) triad in the 12th position to cover all inversions of all triads on string set 123. Note that the Cmaj triad in the key of F is Vmaj.

Create diatonic triads in the key of F major by just shifting the root of each triad down a diatonic second → 2 common tones.

 

triads-inversions-in-the-key-of-F-on-string-set-123

Click the download link at the end of this blog post to get a free PDF with an overview of all triads and inversions on string set 123 in the key of G major and F major.

 

All triads in all keys

Now being familiar with all triads and all inversions in the key of Cmaj, Fmaj and Gmaj start to learn triads and their inversions in all other major keys:

Cmaj → Fmaj → Bbmaj → Ebmaj → Abmaj → Dbmaj → Gbmaj → F#maj → Bmaj → Emaj → Amaj → Dmaj → Gmaj → Cmaj

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C Major Scale | Diatonic Triads | String Set 123

Create diatonic triads in a major scale by just shifting the root of each triad down a diatonic second → 2 common tones.

 

 

Note the position of the root noteson strings set 123

  • 1st inversion → root on 1st string
  • 2nd inversion → root on 2nd string
  • root position → root on 3rd string

 

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Diminished Scale | Dominant Diminished Scale

This Keynote presentation deals with the Diminished Scale & Dominant Diminished Scale and the correlating chords. The scale- and chord diagrams were created with the fonts Chords and Scales. No images or shapes were used.

Screenshot | Keynote Presentation

Dominant Diminished Scale

 

Diminished Scale

Use the diminished scale (symmetric diminished scale) for diminished seventh chords. It is an eight-note scale built by alternating whole steps and half steps.

e.g. use C diminished scale for Cdim7

Dominant Diminished Scale

Use the dominant diminished scale for 7(b9) chords. It is an eight-note scale built by alternating half steps and whole steps.

e.g. use C dominant diminished for C7(b9)

 

Diminished Scale · Dominant Diminished Scale · Chords

Create dominant seventh chords by lowering any note of a diminished seventh chord a minor second.