Minor triad arpeggio exercises - I inversion

Hi everyone, and welcome to another lesson on triad practice. In this one we will play the I inversion of minor triads over the circle of fifths. Just as we said for the major triad, triad inversions give us a different perspective on arpeggios and a deeper knowledge of the fretboard, which helps us to develop a more inspired musical mind.


Practice the following exercises starting at 60 bpm. If you can’t play the exercises all at once, master one or two keys at a time, until you feel comfortable enough to move on.

In the next exercise you will play the ascending I inversion of minor arpeggios, over the circle of fifths. 

1.2.a – I inversion ascending (pattern IIIb-V-I)    

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Following here the descending I inversion of minor arpeggios.


1.2.b – I inversion descending (pattern IIIb-I-V) 

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And lastly, we will combine both, playing ascending and descending I inversion.


1.2.c – I inversion, ascending and descending (pattern IIIb-V-I – IIIb-I-V)

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As I already said, practicing over the circle of fifths will give you extreme confidence over the fretboard, and using different fingerings to play the same notes will help you to think about the notes played, avoiding therefore the auto-pilot mode. Just like we did for major and minor triads so far , you can replace the quarter note with different rhythmic divisions, such as eighth notes, dotted eighth and sixteenth, eighth note triplets and sixteenth notes (check one of the previous lessons here).

This will help you to develop a stronger right-hand technique, and improve your right-left hand coordination. Also, remember that practicing on triads is one of the most effective ways to improve your playing and knowledge of the fretboard.

All this being said, thank you for reading and happy practice! 

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