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[Video Lesson] Chord of the Week - One-Finger Minor Triad

Don Schulze

March 25, 2019

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This video is part of Real School's Education Series, where we share quick tips from top Real School instructors to take your playing and musicianship to the next level!

We are back with the second video in our new Chord of the Week Series. This time instructor Don Schulze is going to demonstrate the one-finger minor triad. He will show how to play it, what it is used for, and provide a few examples of where you can hear it in some classic rock tunes!

This week's chord is the one-finger minor triad.


You hear this one a lot, like in "War Pigs" by Black Sabbath. You can also hear it in the intro of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing."




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To play this one, you're going to bar the 12th fret of the G, B, and high E strings all with your first finger, (or whichever finger is convenient). 


This is just a straight up minor triad in the first inversion. It has the minor 3rd on the bottom, a perfect 5th in the middle, and the root up top!

The root is on the high E string, so to play an E minor one-finger triad, you would want to play it on the 12th fret because that note is an E. If you wanted, say, an A minor triad, you'd play it down at the 5th fret on an A note.


This chord works as a cool, higher variation of any basic minor chord. You could take D minor and switch between using an open chord and a one-finger triad to give it some variety.

And there you have it! The one-finger minor triad, our chord of the week!

Make sure to be on the lookout for our next chord of the week. We have more to come!


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