Chris Eldridge

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Music Theory I

Open Voiced Triads


This week I’m going to show you one of my favorite devices on the guitar: the open-voiced triad. What is an open-voiced triad you say? It’s very simple: it is a normal triad, but instead of all of the notes being right next to each other (and contained within the space of an octave) you move one of the voices up an octave. So instead of a G major chord with G, B, D, you might raise the B note an octave. You would then have, from bottom to top, G, D, B. When you treat a chord this way, technically you’re still playing the same chord, but it has a different, more open sound.

I use these *all the time* in my own playing, and particularly in my rhythm playing. But you can play them one note at a time, like an arpeggio, and get some fun sounds that way as well.







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James Macklin
James Macklin Nov 30, 2018

Ha! As you started playing through those open voiced triads, I started thinking "Hey, that sounds like what Eric Johnson does". Then you broke into Cliffs of Dover lol. Nice lesson!

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Dec 11, 2018


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