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How to Play the Family of Chords in F Major Over Diatonic Pedal Tones, Part IV (end)

Updated on May 7, 2011

So far you've learned to play the families of 1-3-5 triads and 3-5-1 triads in the key of F Major. Now, these families can be played in many other positions and many other combinations of positions but such elaborations are not for this series.

Please keep in mind that the triads you have learned (and will learn today)--while perfectly suitable for compositions and improvisation--are ideal for the application of music theory to the guitar. With that said, let's get to our batch of second inversion triads.

What is a Second Inversion Triad?

A second inversion triad is a triad with the 5th in the bass; root in the middle; and the 3rd on top, hence, a 5-1-3 triad. In the key of F Major a 5-1-3 triad is C F A. a quick review, then: a root position triad is ____ ____ _____; and a first inversion triad: ____ ____ _____. Congrats if you answered 1-3-5 and 3-5-1. Back to the drawing board if you didn't.

Now that it's clear what a 2nd inversion triad is, let's play a certain group of them:

F Major (inverted notes: C F A)

1st finger barres the D, G, and B strings at the 9th fret.

G minor (inverted notes: D G Bb)

2nd finger / D string / 12th fret

3rd finger / G string / 12th fret

1st finger / B string / 11th fret

A minor (inverted notes: E A C)

2nd finger / G string / 9th fret

3rd finger / B string / 10th fret

1st finger / h.E string / 8th fret

Bb Major (inverted notes: F Bb D)

1st finger / G string / 10th fret

3rd finger / B string / 11th fret

2nd finger / h.E string / 10th fret

C Major (inverted notes: G C E)

Open G string

1st finger / B string / 1st fret

Open high E string

D minor (inverted notes: A D F)

2nd finger / G string / 2nd fret

3rd finger / B string / 3rd fret

1st finger / h.E string / 1st fret

E diminished (inverted notes: Bb E G)

1st finger barres the G and h.E strings, 3rd fret

3rd finger / B string / 5th fret

F Major (octave)

1st finger / G string / 5th fret

3rd finger / B string / 6th fret

2nd finger / h.E string / 5th fret

Alternate fingering: barre the 5th fret G and h.E strings with the 1st finger, letting the 3rd finger play the 6th fret B string.

Woo Hoo

Play those 2nd inversion triads up + down the fretboard for each pedal tone (seven total), listening carefully to the resulting sounds, of course...and you're done!

Nothing more to say at this point, except that this is just the beginning. But what an enlightened beginning it is! Of course, this concept can be applied to any other family of chords--harmonic minor, for example--or another chord-type, such as seventh chords...but enjoy your success with the current stone overturned.



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