This is Part Two of a two-part series on using triad pairs contrapuntally consisting of:
- Volume One: focuses on contrapuntally playing using triads with closed voicings.
- Volume Two: focuses on using triads with wider, open voicings.
In Part Two, Steve Herberman demonstrates how to use open-voiced triad pairs to develop multiple simultaneous moving lines. Counterpoint involves playing two or more independent melodies simultaneously to create a piece of music that works as a whole.
He offers a wealth of ideas for contrapuntal playing with triads in this 93-minute video.
Steve states that open voiced triads can be used in either fingerstyle or hybrid (picking and fingerstyle). These open triad voicings involve wider stretches than closed-voicings and are ideal for playing with a bass player or for solo guitar.
Steve opens by demonstrating the use of C and B-flat triads over an E7 static chord.
C and B-flat7 the fourth and fifth chords of the F Melodic Minor harmonised scale.
This concept shows that by raising the melodic minor scale a half-step up from the chord you want to solo over you can employ the triad pairs you wish to improvise with.
Steve warns that open-voiced triads are more of a challenge and will require patience and time to integrate into your playing. However, when
He demonstrates a simple three-chord progression of C / B-flat / A using closed and then open triads. The superior richness in tone makes it obvious why the persistent effort to learn these open triad voicings is worth it.
- Short and long 2-5-1 examples (17 examples in the key of A Major.)
- Open-voiced triad pairs examples (eight pages of examples in different keys.)
Steve covers a range of topics, including:
- Fingering options;
- Developing good basslines alongside the voicings;
- Use of chromaticism in the lines;
- Inner-line voice movement ideas.
While open-voiced triads are more sonorous, they present more of a challenge than the more familiar closed-voice triads. However, the richness of sound of they provide will be attractive to many and will be particularly useful in a solo or duet context.