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Minor Triads On All String Sets

In this guitar masterclass, Lyle Brewer teaches minor triads across all string sets on the guitar. He begins by reviewing major triads and explains that to get minor triads, you simply flatten the third of each chord. Lyle then demonstrates minor triads on each string set, providing examples and connecting the shapes to open chords that students may already know.

Lyle emphasizes finding connections between chord shapes in different areas of the fretboard. He also discusses different approaches to practicing triads, whether focusing on individual string sets or combining positions. Michael asks how to play certain voicings without muddying the sound, and Lyle provides suggestions for right-hand technique.

Later, Lyle demonstrates connecting the triads by playing the Carlos Santana song "Oye Como Va." He voices the chords to emphasize voice leading between A minor and D major. Lyle explains how understanding voice leading can inspire musical ideas when improvising. The masterclass ends with Lyle taking additional questions and encouraging students to apply their new triad knowledge in musical contexts.

Transcript Summary

Introduction (0:00-5:27)

  • Review of major triads on all string sets
  • To get minor triads, flatten the third of each chord
  • Demonstration of minor triads on each string set
  • Connecting chord shapes to open chords students may know

Chord Connections and Practice Approaches (5:28-8:53)

  • Importance of finding visual connections between chord shapes
  • Organizing triads by string set vs. guitar position
  • Combining positions when practicing triads

Playing Specific Voicings (8:54-11:27)

  • Question about playing 6-4 voicings without muddiness
  • Suggestions for right-hand technique
  • Using voicings as endings or in conjunction with other areas

Applying Triads in Music (11:28-18:23)

  • Demonstrating voice leading between A minor and D major in "Oye Como Va"
  • How understanding voice leading inspires improvisation
  • Encouraging students to apply new knowledge musically

Q&A and Closing (18:24-21:00)

  • Taking additional student questions
  • Reinforcing applying concepts in musical contexts
  • Thanking students and closing remarks

Lyle has been one of my very favorite guitarists for the past few years, and I’m THRILLED to announce that he’s agreed to join the Guitargate teaching roster!

Lyle - if you didn’t know - is a big deal. He is a wildly respected member of the guitar community and is a monster player in what seems to be every genre. He is the lead guitarist of the band Neighbor, and also teaches at Berklee in Boston (so bring him the hard questions).

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