Chords in C Major – Triads in P1
P = position of fretting hand. P1 = Position 1. The big numbers are frets, the little numbers are fingers. When a chord has numbers on each side, these are alternate fingerings. Below the tab are the chord shapes which each of the fingerings are based on [can be viewed to be based on].
These are basic open string first position chords. The C is standard. We have fingering options for Dm, Em, & G. F (like Dm) is technically a slash chord since they have A in the bass. So, Dm/A, and F/A (we rarely, if ever, see these notated like this). The A sounds fine and these are commonly accepted versions of Dm and F.
Since the viio chord isn’t commonly used, we’ve shown it grouped with G7. Learn both, but we won’t see Bo in our day to day lives. Yet, a dim at 7 exists, as in all keys…a diminished triad in position seven.
The tones in Bo are B-D-F which are the 3-5-b7 of a G7. G7 = R-3-5-b7 = G-B-D-F. G7 is called the Dominant 7. The triad G is the Dominant. The Dominant is a Major chord in position 5 to the root. C-D-E-F-G = 1-2-3-4-5.
Take notice that the qualities of chord are I, IV, V Major, ii iii vi minor, viio diminished [but we will substitute a G7 in our exercise – it’s far more common].
Strum the Chord Scale
In the video, we descend as well. Reverse the order below.
Our goal is to strum it ascending [and descending], with no strumming breaks. Or, fingerpick it. We also memorize it.