Finger Placement for Triad Chords

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How do I play Chords?

Now that you know how to get all the Major chords,minor chords and diminished triad in any key you will imagine of, the next question is “how do I play them?”

Lol! for sure I asked that question when I was learning too.

You will know how to play them in no time as I will expose it to you.

Don’t take my word for it…

Let’s get started!!!

Remember this?

 

Yea those were the fingers we used for our major scale and chromatic scales as well.

Now erase number 2 & 4 from both hands

Use these fingers

Yea! You are going to be using those fingers remaining for your chords (triads more precisely).

For instance if you were to play the C major triad (CEG):

On the lefthand; finger 5 will be on the C, finger 3 will be on E while finger 1 will be on G.

On the righthand; finger 1 will be on the C,finger 3 will be on E while finger 5 will be on G.

That is the standard fingering for all your triads and you will meet that almost anywhere you go.

Apply that Logic to any triads of your choice and you are good to go.

However,there is a strategic fingering technique I learnt and I love the way it helped me learn especially wide extended chords(available in the Step-up lessons) and that’s why I am giving it to you too because you might come across it.

Here it is,

For instance if you were to play the C major triad (CEG):

On the lefthand; finger 5 will be on the C, finger 2 will be on E while finger 1 will be on G.

On the righthand; finger 1 will be on the C,finger 2 will be on E while finger 5 will be on G.

the only difference between the standard fingering and the strategic fingering is the middle finger. In the strategic fingering, the 2 is used instead of the standard 3.

My recommendation is that for learning purpose you stick to the standard fingering.

However it’s up to you to decide which one you want to use and feel free to swap between each where applicable.

Before we go, I want to share good news here with you!

All through these basic chords lessons you have learnt how to get;

12 major chords + 12 minor chords + 12 diminished chords = 36 chords

Wow! You just learnt 36 chords….

You are a genius!!!

In the Next Lesson I will give you a very quick cheat to help you get the 7 chords we got earlier. It’s like a catalyst to get all your basic triads without those formulas but I wanted you to know the foundation that’s why I hid it from you earlier… lol

Let’s move on.

 

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