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Triads Around The Cycle

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Using the cycle to practice harmonic material ensures all key centres get some attention. This is especially important for students interested in improvisation.
The “cycle” occurs in so many styles of music that it really should be explored by all musicians, but for this lesson we are only using it as a practice tool.
* All triads are played as half note triplets (2 triads per bar). Try playing quarter note triplets, on in 12/8 or 3/4 etc. My lesson PDF’s include many written examples.
The first exercise I play in the video is major triads through the cycle starting with F major (on the D string). The cycle is complete when you get back to F (on the E string).
Once you can comfortably play major triads through the cycle, repeat the exercise but start on F#, G etc.
The second exercise involves alternating between minor and major triads. Start with F minor triad (start on the D string again) then Bb major etc etc. This is a great way to practice quick major  ii V7 changes. Again, once this is mastered, repeat the exercise by starting on F#, G, G# etc.
The third exercise involves alternating between diminished and major triads. This chord progression mimics the minor ii V7 movement (m7b5 / V7).
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Major Scale Triad Inversions

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Following the C-A-G-E-D system positions (6 positions in total if you count open position up the octave as being “different” to open position) practice playing various harmonic material.
Here I play all diatonic C major scale triads in Root position, 1st inversion and 2nd inversion.
First I play Root position triads (1-3-5) starting with C major. I alternate up and down each triad for example:
(up) C major  (down) D minor  (up) E minor  (down) F major etc.
1st inversion triads (3-5-1) :
– Start on the lowest note in each position (in this position the lowest note is B)
– Start with a 1st inversion triad starting on B (in this case it must be G major)
2nd inversion triads (5-1-3)
– Again, start on the lowest note in each position (B in this case)
– The 2nd inversion triad starting on B (in the C major scale) is Em
Suggested Practice:
3.5 minutes on Root Position triads  x 6 positions = 21 minutes
3.5 minutes on 1st inversion triads  x 6 positions = 21 minutes
3.5 minutes on 2nd inversion triads  x 6 positions = 21 minutes
Total = 1 hour 3 min
 
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