We will start this video series with some relatively basic stuff, which, however, gets often neglected by a lot of guitarists. Many players underestimate the importance of being able to play all triad inversions across the fingerboard for a proper knowledge of the instrument (I certainly did, too, before my Berklee professor Tim Miller pointed it out to me). Therefore, let’s try this little exercise:

➔ Play all closed-position triads on string sets 6-5-4, 5-4-3, 4-3-2 and 3-2-1. I only played major triads in the video but practice also inversions of minor, diminished and augmented triads.

➔ Note that metronome is the important part here!!! It makes the exercise more challenging and, of course, improves your rhythm. Set the click on beats 2 & 4, start slowly and gradually speed up.

➔ Try playing long tones, do not bend strings (which is hard not to do and at times I am guilty of that, too).

➔ Benefits: improved knowledge of the fingerboard, faster left hand shifts, richer vocabulary for comping and soloing.

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