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Yesterday I mentioned an exciting new lesson on “triads”.

It got many of you curious, so I thought I’d go into them in a little more detail today.


Now, a triad, if you don’t know, is basically a three-string chord that will help you “unlock” and use the length of the fretboard far more.




The reason why is that they can give you a tonne of melodic options which sound very rich.

…And they will help open up new possibilities for both rhythm and lead.

“Triads” simply give us the best of both worlds.


It’s a bit like the James Bond car.

Remember the one with the car that turned into a submarine?

Well, that’s what triads are like.

Are they chords or are they scales?


I see them as a hybrid of both.

They can make lead guitar more chordal and harmonic, and they can make rhythm guitar more interesting and melodic.

They really are the hybrid crazy Bond car.


In terms of how they work, it’s like this…

Basically, all Major and minor chords use 3 different notes…

If you take these three notes and play them anywhere on the fretboard, you get a triad version of the chord.

E.g., the chord of G Major uses the notes of G B D.

Play these three notes anywhere on the fretboard on any strings and frets, and you get a triad G Major chord.


Anyway, if you want to open up the fretboard, learn new ideas, expand your playing, and have more fun, this is for you.

It’s not intended for the faint-hearted or those who won’t put in the 14 minutes 23 seconds to watch the lessons, but if you do have the desire, I think you’ll get a helluva lot from this…

…Potentially years’ worth of enjoyment, which might well be more fun than playing with Q’s mad gadgets.


In the lesson, we cover basic theory, exciting examples, and learn two simple triad shapes to get you started.

No heaviness, just fun stuff to allow you to start unlocking the fretboard from tomorrow when the lesson is out.

To get the lesson, you’ll need to join the Dan Thorpe Acoustic Academy before midnight tomorrow.


Find out more about it below:

The Dan Thorpe Acoustic Academy


I’m off for a vodka martini (more like a cup of tea and biscuit really).

Enjoy your day of practice!


In case you don’t know, the name’s…

Thorpe, Dan Thorpe

Starring in… Live and Fret Die


P.S. Once you join, you will get a copy of my Guitarists Get Theory book posted out to you as a gift. This ties in very nicely with the triad lesson and will help connect many dots in your playing in a seamless way.


P.P.S. This post was originally taken from Dan Thorpe’s private email list. To get blog posts like this sent to you which are full of great tips to make fingerpicking, strumming, and learning guitar more enjoyable (especially if you are over 40) join Dan’s list. It’s 100% free, HERE.

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