Guitar Chords - Major Triads

Movable Major Triad Forms

A major triad is a group of notes from the major scale; the first (root) note, the third, and fifth notes.

The diagrams below show the major triad forms used on different groups of strings. These triad forms are moveable up and down the guitar fretboard as long as you stay on the same group of strings.

Major Triad = Root + 3rd + 5th

Root note shown with red outline
Major Triad
Root on 6th String
Major Triad
5th String
Major Triad
4th String
Major Triad
3rd String

First Inversion Triads

These first inversion triad forms are movable up and down the fret board.

"What is a chord inversion?"

🎼 A chord inversion rearranges the position of the notes used in the chord. The root note is the lowest sounding note of the chord when it is not inverted.

Major Triad First Inversion = 3rd + 5th + Root

Notice the new position of the root note in these inverted chords. The root is now the highest note (in sound), and the 3rd becomes the lowest note in the chord.

Major Triad on 1st String
1st String
Major Triad on 2nd String
2nd String

Second Inversion Triads

Major Triad Second Inversion = 5th + Root + 3rd
Major Triad on 5th String
5th String
Major Triad on 4th String
4th String
Major Triad on 3rd String
3rd String
Major Triad on 2nd String
2nd String

Guitar Tabs for Major Triads

C Major Triads

e|-------------3-----8----------12-|
B|-------1--5--5-----8--8-------13-|
G|-0-----0--5--5-----9--9---9---12-|
D|-2--2--2--5-----5-----10--10-----|
A|-3--3-----------7---------10-----|
E|----3-----------8----------------|

Notes Used - C E G


D Major Triads

e|-2--------------5--------------10-|
B|-3--3--------7--7----------10--10-|
G|-2--2--2-----7--7------11--11--11-|
D|----4--4--4--7-----7---12--12-----|
A|-------5--5--------9---12---------|
E|----------5--------10-------------|

Notes Used - D F♯ A


E Major Triads

e|-------0-----------------7---------|
B|-0-----0--5--5--------9--9---------|
G|-1--1--1--4--4--4-----9--9------9--|
D|-2--2--------6--6--6--9-----9---9--|
A|----2-----------7--7--------11--11-|
E|-------------------7--------12-----|

Notes Used - E G♯ B


F Major Triads

e|----1-----5---------------8------|
B|----1--1--6--6--------10--10-----|
G|-2--2--2--5--5--5-----10--10-----|
D|-3-----3-----7--7--7--10------10-|
A|-3--------------8--8----------12-|
E|-------------------8----------13-|

Notes Used - F A C


G Major Triads

e|-------3-----------7---------10-|
B|----0--3--3--------8--8------12-|
G|----0--4--4--4-----7--7--7---12-|
D|-0--0-----5--5--5-----9--9------|
A|-2-----------5--5--------10-----|
E|-3--------------7---------------|

Notes Used - G B D


A Major Triads

e|----0-----5-----------9----------|
B|-2--2-----5--5--------10--10-----|
G|-2--2-----6--6--6-----9---9---9--|
D|-2-----2-----7--7--7------11--11-|
A|-------4--------7--7----------12-|
E|-------5-----------9-------------|

Notes Used - A C♯ E


B Major Triads

e|-2--------7-----------11---------|
B|-4--4-----7--7--------12--12-----|
G|-4--4-----8--8--8-----11--11--11-|
D|----4--4-----9--9--9------13--13-|
A|-------6--------9--9----------14-|
E|-------7-----------11------------|

Notes Used - B D♯ F♯