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How to Play the Family of Chords in F Major Over Diatonic Pedal Tones, Part Three

Updated on May 7, 2011

First, the good news: Parts One and Two of this series explain what you're to do in this part. So, all the laborious explaining is over (as happy as you may be, I'm happier). Next, more good news: there is no bad news. How's that for encouragement?

Same as Before, Just with Different Triads.

That's it...repeat what you've (hopefully) done last Hub, but this time with first inversion (3-5-1) triads. Definition time: a first inversion triad has the same notes as a 'root position' triad (1-3-5), but simply arranged so that, pitch-wise, the 3rd is on bottom, the 5th is in the middle, and the root is on top.

Done using MS Paint.
Done using MS Paint.

So, an F Major triad would now be A C F rather than F A C. Get it? The whole family of root position, or 1-3-5, triads is rearranged as such. Here's the result:

First Inversion Triads

in the key of F Major...

  • F Major A C F
  • G minor Bb D G
  • A minor C E A
  • Bb Major D F Bb
  • C Major E G C
  • D minor F A D
  • E diminished G Bb E

...And Where to Play Them

F Major

A: 2nd finger / G string / 2nd fret

C: 1st finger / B string / 1st fret

F: 1st finger / h.E string / 1st fret* *the 1st finger barres the h.E and B strings.

G minor

Bb, D , G: the first finger barres these notes on the 3rd fret of the G, B, and h.E strings respectively.

A minor

C, E, A: the first finger barres these notes on the 5th fret of the G, B, and h.E strings respectively.

Bb Major

D: 2nd finger / G string / 7th fret

F, Bb: the first finger barres these notes on the 6th fret of the B and h.E strings respectively (this is the same shape as the F Major chord above).

C Major

E, G, C: move the Bb major triad (just above) two frets to the right.

D minor

F, A, D: same shape as G minor--four chords ago--but on the 10th fret rather than the 3rd (the 1st finger barres the 10th fret on the G, B, and h.E strings).

E diminished

G: 2nd finger / G string / 12th fret

Bb: 1st finger / B string / 11th fret

E: third finger / h.E string / 12th fret.

And, for good measure...

F Major, The Sequel

Same shape as the first chord, but in XIII position (add 12 frets to its earlier coordinates). Same notes, of course.

NOTE: Nudge the D string all the while to silence it. If you can't nudge the A string as well to quiet it also, then pluck rather than pick (while you pluck simply ignore the A and D strings).

As usual, play this series of triads--ascending and descending--over one pedal tone. Once completed, move on to the next pedal tone (see Part Two on making a 'diatonic' scale out of pedal tone.

...And That's It.

Oh, don't forget to do this chord family in reverse from XIII position back down to I position. And I think it's pretty obvious what you've learned during this lesson: how to play the family of first inversion triads in F, over multiple pedal tones which in themselves make up the F Major scale.

We've got one more chord family to go: 2d inversion chords. 'Til then, keep your pick sharp but your brain sharper.



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