Video Review: “Contrapuntal Triad Pairs Part 1: Close-Voiced Triads” – Steve Herberman

By Mike Bryant

Steve Herberman offers a tremendous amount of information on the use of creating counterpoint lines using triad pairs that he has created a two-volume video series.

  • Volume One: focuses on using triads with closed voicings.
  • Volume Two: focuses on using triads with wider, open voicings.
    ( Reviewed separately).

Counterpoint, for those who don’t already know, involves playing two or more independent melodies simultaneously to create a piece of music that works as a whole.

Steve discusses using roots as starting point for visualising the triads.
This helps to bypass overthinking theory. He offers two handouts that will give the guitarist inspiration for further idea development.

He explains how the key to locating triad pairs is in mastering fretboard visualisation and gives many tips on how to achieve this.

Steve covers a range of topics, including:

  • Using triad pairs for comping and soloing choices vs. block chord.
  • Using information from melodic minor scales.
  • Mixing minor and major triad pairs.


  1. Chord visualisations with 24 triad pair possibilities.
  2. 24 written examples over a range of harmonic possibilities.

Within the video there are three performances – at the beginning his version of “There Will Never be Another You” and at the end of the video, a wonderful, unnamed improvisation and a version of “Everything I Love”, illustrating playing with triad pairs.

These two series will provide guitarists with more improvising and composing options as well as a wider harmonic vocabulary.

Contrapuntal Triad Pairs - Closed Voice Triads Part I
June 19, 2019

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