In this lesson I go through all inversions for the most popular major triad ‘shapes’ on guitar.

The theory behind triads is quite simple: a major triad is basically the 1st, 3rd and 5th note of a major scale. If analysed in intervals:  from the root I will have a first note that is a major 3rd apart and a second note that is a perfect 5th apart. As an example, for the key of C major (C,D,E,F,G,A,B)  my C major triad will be C,E,G (C-E major 3rd, C-G perfect 5th).

If these notes (or ‘voices’) are contained within an octave we call this ‘close’ or ‘closed’ position, as opposite as ‘spread’ position (more than an octave). We will see the triads in Spread Position in another lesson.


When the triad is in its Root-3rd-5th configuration we call it ‘root position’ – C,E,G

If we move the root up an octave we have the first inversion – 3rd, 5th, Root – E,G,C

If we then move the 3rd up an octave we have the second inversion – 5th, Root, 3rd – G,C,E


It is really simple to find other (minor, augmented, diminished) triads from the major triad.

Major triad – R,3,5 – C,E,G

Minor triad – R,m3,5 – C,Eb,G (Lower the 3rd one 1/2 step)

Augmented triad – R, 3, #5 – C,E,G# (Raise the 5th one 1/2 step)

Diminished triad – R,m3,dim5 – C,Eb,Gb (Lower both the 3rd and 5th one 1/2 step)

Download –here– the page with all the inversions on a printable PDF file or click the image below.

Hi There! If you liked these lessons: Download all the products In This Page in exchange for a donation to support the site (minimum $10): my 4 eBooks+Mp3 examples, and 84 blues backing tracks (divided in 7 sets). A total value of $149 at full price on other sites!

Use the drop down menu if you want to donate more, it's appreciated!  All products on this page are digital goods you can download instantly after a successful Paypal checkout.


Feel Free to Visit: 
My Music/Bio: ><
SKYPE guitar lessons:>Here<

Download “The Guitar Kit” – All the templates you will ever need to learn or teach guitar: Pentatonic Scale, Major and Minor Scales, Blank Templates…

Click HERE to find out more or enter your email to subscribe and download.


This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Yes, it’s very important for every guitar beginner to know and understand everything about popular major triad shapes on guitar. It’s the first time I visit your blog… a really useful one!

  2. how long should someone practice scales in major before going to practice other forms of scales

    1. there isn’t a time frame as such, I think if you feel you have mastered the major forms, and you want to explore further, that’s the right time!

Leave a Reply

Close Menu
Read previous post:
5 Free Online Metronomes that work flawlessly.

I have always wanted to find a good on-line metronome that worked flawlessly so that I could practice or find the perfect tempo wherever...