Guitar Lesson on Chords – Harmonize a Scale in Triads with the C Major

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Hi, I’m John McClennan and I’m here today
with Guitar Control and I’m going to show
you a quick, easy lesson that’s going to
advance your chord playing.

You may have learned your C major scale before,
and the major scale is a good thing to know for
reference. So what I’m going to show you is how
to harmonize that scale in triads. And what what
a triad is, it’s like a three-note chord, like C.

So what we’re going to do is we’re going to start
here with our first finger and our second finger
just on the first two strings here of a C chord.
There’s your C. And then we’re going up to a
D minor, which would be the next chord in the scale.
The frets here are 3, 2, 3 and then we’re going to
go up to E minor. It’s that same chord up a whole
step. And then F major, which is going to be 7, 5, 6.
Move that up a whole step, G major. And then A minor
which is that shape that we use down here, this time
on 10, 9, 10. B diminished, which would be 12, 10, 12.
And then finally resolving to C, which would be
14, 12, 13. This would basically be an octave above
where you started. And then, of course, you could descend.

So be sure to click the link below for the tab for this,
but basically we’re got — I’ll do it one more time
going up and coming down. C major, D minor, B minor,
F major, G major, A minor, B diminished, C.

The roots of all these chords are on the second string.
So this is going to be C — and if I just play up those
notes, guess what? C major scale. Cool stuff.

So we’ll see you in the next video. Thanks.