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.

Harmonic Major Scale | Diatonic Chords

Completing my previous blog posts about diatonic chords in the major scale, harmonic minor scale and  jazz melodic minor scale  this Keynote presentation deals with the Harmonic Major Scale and its diatonic chords. The scale- and chord diagrams were created with the fonts Chords and Scales. No images or shapes were used.

Create diatonic seventh chords in a harmonic major scale by just shifting the root of each seventh chord up a diatonic second.

Harmonic Major Scale | Diatonic Chords

 

Scales Library

Note for existing users: please send me an email to get the harmonic major scale diagrams for free. The Scales font family needs to be installed on your computer to display the diagrams!

  • 142 free harmonic major scale diagrams
  • in all keys and fret positions
  • for six string guitar
  • add the scale diagrams to your Scales library folder
  • requirements: Scales font family | Mac OS X

 

Spotlight Search Criteria

All diagrams are tagged with keywords helping you to narrow down your search results by typing specific criteria (see also → Library).

Searching for specific scale names

To find harmonic major scale diagrams type the root note  followed by the scale name as shown in the screenshot below.

Harmonic Major Scale

 

Call up the Spotlight menu and type e.g. Db harmonic major. As you type Spotlight builds the list of every match it can find tagged with Db harmonic major. Choose the scale diagram you wish to insert and drag and drop it into an open Pages, Keynote, Guitar Pro or another eligible document.

Diatonic seventh chords on different string sets

Another Keynote presentation illustrating chord- and scale diagrams created with the fonts Chords VI and Scales VI. No images or shapes were used.

Create diatonic seventh chords in a major scale by shifting the root of each seventh chord up a diatonic second. Build chords with the same inversions on string sets 1234, 2345 and 3456.

Major Scale | Diatonic seventh chords on different string sets

 

 

Major Scale | Major Pentatonic Scales

Another Keynote presentation illustrating guitar diagrams created with the fonts Chords and Scales. 

No images or shapes were used.

 

Building major pentatonic scales in a major scale

shown in the key of D major:

  • create the Amaj pentatonic scale, second fret position in the key of D major.
  • shifting the major third C# of the Amaj pentatonic scale up a minor second creates the Dmaj pentatonic scale.
  • shifting the major third F# of the Dmaj pentatonic scale up a minor second creates the Gmaj pentatonic scale.
  • go to the next position by moving the Gmaj pentatonic scale up a major second → Amaj pentatonic scale.
  • repeat in all positions
  • repeat in all keys

 

Major Scale | Major Pentatonic Scales

Major Scale | Diatonic Chords & Arpeggios

Another Keynote presentation illustrating guitar diagrams created with the fonts Chords and Scales. No images or shapes were used. 

Build diatonic seventh chords and arpeggios in a major scale by just shifting the root of each seventh chord and arpeggio up a diatonic second. 

Major Scale | Diatonic Chords & Arpeggios