As a teenager trying to learn how to improvise on guitar, I was constantly stuck inside the scale patterns I was learning. Every solo sounded pretty much the same. It wasn't until I started focusing on triads and chord tones that my playing started to sound like I had a clue.
I know that my story is not unique, so for those of you stuck in that same scalar rut I offer this ear training exercise.
This exercise will help you train your ear in recognizing chord tones for all the triads within a key.
Before we get started, here's a quick review of the triads contained in each major key, in order - major, minor, minor, major, major, minor, diminished. Each of these triads is built off of a scale degree. Using the key of C major as an example, we would get C major, D minor, E minor, F major, G major, A minor, B diminished.
As always, I sincerely hope this helps. If you have any questions or comments leave them in the comment box below.
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