Warm Up Exercise #17
Triad exercises using A, D, & E
- 0:00 Playthrough & Greeting
- 1:40 Exercise #1
- 6:41 Exercise #2
- 9:09 Exercise #3
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Here’s three quick trio of exercises you can play, all of which are using triads for the chords of A, D, and E. Focused only on the thinnest 3 strings, I quite enjoy exploring how I can put these mini chord shapes together to come up with something fun. Tabs for each exercise are below, and be sure to check out the charts & tabs I’ve written up in order to grok how these triad shapes can in fact be used up & down the fretboard. I hope you enjoy! - David Potsiadlo (March 29, 2019)
Inspired by “Classy Girls” by The Lumineers.
E ||––––––––9–––––––––––|––––––––9–––––––––––|–––––––10–––––––––––|–––––––10–––––––––––|– B ||–––10–––––––10–––10–|–––10–––––––10–––10–|–––10–––––––10––10––|–––10–––––––10––10––|– G ||–9––––9––––––––9––––|–9––––9––––––––9––––|–11––11–––––––11––––|–11––11–––––––11––––|– D ||––––––––––––––––––––|––––––––––––––––––––|––––––––––––––––––––|––––––––––––––––––––|– A ||––––––––––––––––––––|––––––––––––––––––––|––––––––––––––––––––|––––––––––––––––––––|– E ||––––––––––––––––––––|––––––––––––––––––––|––––––––––––––––––––|––––––––––––––––––––|– A D E –|–––––––12–––––––––––|–––––––10–––––––––––|––––––––9–––––––––––|––––––––9–––––––––––|| B –|–––9––––––––9–––9–––|–––10–––––––10––10––|–––10–––––––10–––10–|–––10–––––––10–––10–|| G –|–9–––9––––––––9–––––|–11––11–––––––11––––|–9––––9––––––––9––––|–9––––9––––––––9––––|| D –|––––––––––––––––––––|––––––––––––––––––––|––––––––––––––––––––|––––––––––––––––––––|| A –|––––––––––––––––––––|––––––––––––––––––––|––––––––––––––––––––|––––––––––––––––––––|| E –|––––––––––––––––––––|––––––––––––––––––––|––––––––––––––––––––|––––––––––––––––––––|| E D A
Inspired by “The First Cut is the Deepest” by Cat Stevens.
E ||–––––––9–––––|––––––7––––|––––––5––––|––––––7––––|| B ||––––10–––10––|––––9–––9––|––––7–––7––|––––9–––9––|| G ||––9––––––––––|––9––––––––|––7––––––––|––9––––––––|| D ||–––––––––––––|–––––––––––|–––––––––––|–––––––––––|| A ||–––––––––––––|–––––––––––|–––––––––––|–––––––––––|| E ||–––––––––––––|–––––––––––|–––––––––––|–––––––––––|| A E D E
Inspired by “Jack and Diane” by John Mellencamp. Note, on this one you have some flourish notes that are added to the base triads (marked with a *). I always play these with my left pinky.
E ||––5–––5–5–––7–––5––|––4–––4–4–4–––4–4––|––2–––2–2–––4––5–4––|– B ||––5–––5–5–––5–––5––|––5–––5–5–5–––5–5––|––3–––3–3–––5––5–5––|– G ||––6–––6–6–––6–––6––|––4–––4–4–4–––4–4––|––2–––2–2–––4––4–4––|– D ||–––––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––––|––––––––––––––––––––|– A ||–––––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––––|––––––––––––––––––––|– E ||–––––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––––|––––––––––––––––––––|– A * E D E * E –|––5–––5–5–––7–––5––|––4–––4–4–4–––4–4––|––2–––4–––5––5–5––5–|| B –|––5–––5–5–––5–––5––|––5–––5–5–5–––5–5––|––3–––5–––5––5–5––5–|| G –|––6–––6–6–––6–––6––|––4–––4–4–4–––4–4––|––2–––4–––6––6–6––6–|| D –|–––––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––––|––––––––––––––––––––|| A –|–––––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––––|––––––––––––––––––––|| E –|–––––––––––––––––––|–––––––––––––––––––|––––––––––––––––––––|| A * E D E A
Chord shapes for exercise #1
For the A, you don’t need to barre the 9th fret (as I show here). But, I find it helpful to be able to do this – so I’ll practice using that technique when playing this shape. If you don’t want to barre, just use your normal D-major xx0232 left-hand finger positions (moved up to the 9th & 10th frets).
E –––9–– <= left index (barred) E ––10–– <= left index (barred) E ––12–– <= left pinky B ––10–– <= left middle B ––10–– <= left index (barred) B ––9––– <= left index (barred) G –––9–– <= left index (barred) G ––11–– <= left middle G ––9––– <= left index (barred) D –––––– D –––––– D –––––– A –––––– A –––––– A –––––– E –––––– E –––––– E –––––– A D E
Chord shapes for exercise #2
As I show in the video, if you want to be advanced you can keep your index finger barred (thinnest 3 strings) for all of these chords. It’s a bit tougher to learn, but again - I think it makes the transitions a bit easier if you can get a hang of it.
E –––9–– <= left index (barred) E ––7–– <= left index E ––5–– <= left index B ––10–– <= left middle B ––9–– <= left pinky B ––7–– <= left pinky G –––9–– <= left index (barred) G ––9–– <= left ring G ––7–– <= left ring D –––––– D ––––– D ––––– A –––––– A ––––– A ––––– E –––––– E ––––– E ––––– A E D
Chord shapes for exercise #3
Same old stuff! Notice how all these shapes have already been taught via the prior two exercises.
E ––5–– <= left index (barred) E ––4–– <= left index (barred) E ––2–– <= left index (barred) B ––5–– <= left index (barred) B ––5–– <= left middle B ––3–– <= left middle G ––6–– <= left middle G ––4–– <= left index (barred) G ––2–– <= left index (barred) D ––––– D ––––– D ––––– A ––––– A ––––– A ––––– E ––––– E ––––– E ––––– A E D
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