Major triad arpeggio exercises - I inversion

Hi everyone, and welcome back to another technique lesson on major triads. 


Now that you know the different options to play the I inversion of a major triad in the key of C, it’s time to play some exercises over the circle of fifths. So, let’s practice together, starting from ascending major triads.

1.2.a – Ascending (pattern III-V-I)

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And now the descending I inversion of major triad arpeggios.


1.2.b – Descending (pattern III-I-V)

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Lastly, we will combine the previous two exercises, playing ascending and descending I inversion.


1.2.c – Ascending and descending (pattern III-V-I – III-I-V)

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With the previous three exercises, you learned to play the major triads in every key on the lower octave, in root position. 


As always, if you can’t play the previous exercises all at once, feel free to practice one or two keys at a time, until you are comfortable to move on to the next ones.


Like I mentioned in the root positions lesson, be creative with the previous exercises, by replacing the quarter note with different rhythmic divisions.  


Here are few examples:

1.1.d Quarter for eighth notes:

1.1.e Quarter for dotted eighth and sixteenth note:

1.1.f Quarter for eighth note triplet:

1.1.g Quarter for sixteenth notes:

Apply the previous divisions to exercises 1.2.a, 1.2.b and 1.2.c, to develop a stronger right-hand technique, and improve the right-left hand coordination. As always, start at 60 bpm and progressively increase the tempo.


Use the previous exercises as a tool to expand your knowledge of the fretboard, and take your time to absorb those positions. Also, refer to the previous lesson about fingerings to play major triads with different positions.

Thank you for reading and happy practice! 

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