So today, with our usual overly dramatic fanfare and pompous ceremony we are announcing a new e-book that has 80 different ways to play the triads that are found in the C Major scale.
Or, to use the fancified music school show-off term, the diatonic triads in the key of C Major, which of course we all know are C Major, D Minor, E Minor, F Major, G Major, A Minor and B Diminished.
Here is what you need to know about this thing. I hope you are sitting down.
Q: So what kinds of exercises are there in this e-booky thing?
A: There are a total of 80 different exercises that cover two octaves and play the triads found in the C Major scale in a variety of ways - ascending, descending, one triad ascending with the next one descending, starting on the root of each triad, starting on the third of each triad, etc. - for 80 different triad exercises. The patterns can be transposed to any other major key also, of course.
Q: What do the exercises look like?
A: These are actual exercises from the book:
All the exercises have traditional notation, tablature (for four-string bass), and each degree of each triad is labeled (root, third or fifth) so you can see the relationship of the notes.
Q: An e-book? What's that?
A: An e-book is just an electronic book you can read on an Ipad, Kindle, or your laptop/desktop computer (Mac, Windows or Linux). It is immediately available for download, there is no shipping, you click a link and get the book. You can print the exercises as well if you do want to have a hard copy of them.
For reading it on your Ipad you can use IBooks or Stanza.
Q: Well, I like triads, how much is it and where can I get it?
A: It is only $9.99 and is available right now at the Basso Ridiculoso book pages:
Don't dismiss the triad! It sometimes gets no respect in this day and age of #9#11b13Maj/Min7 Half-demolished chords, but there are a lot of strong and very melodic lines that are possible when using just the notes in triads.
Triads are also a great way to get familiar with the neck, especially up in that nether region past the 12th fret on your E string.
So for 10 bucks, you will get plenty to keep your fingers and ears busy and I bet you will find a way to play triads you have never thought of before. I know I did.
So check it out.