Guitar Chords - Major Triads

Major Triads are a group of 3 notes from the major scale; the first or root note, the third, and fifth notes.

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

Major Triad Guitar Tabs

Movable Major Triad Forms

Root note shown with red outline
Major Triad
6th String
e|---|
B|---|
G|---|
D|-2-|
A|-4-|
E|-5-|
Major Triad
5th String
e|---|
B|---|
G|-2-|
D|-4-|
A|-5-|
E|---|
Major Triad
4th String
e|---|
B|-6-|
G|-7-|
D|-8-|
A|---|
E|---|
Major Triad
3rd String
e|-6-|
B|-8-|
G|-8-|
D|---|
A|---|
E|---|

Major Triads Inversion 1

Major Triad on 1st String
1st String
e|-1-|
B|-1-|
G|-2-|
D|---|
A|---|
E|---|
Major Triad on 2nd String
2nd String
e|-4-|
B|-6-|
G|-5-|
D|---|
A|---|
E|---|

Major Triads Inversion 2

Major Triad on 5th String
5th String
e|---|
B|---|
G|---|
D|-6-|
A|-7-|
E|-7-|
Major Triad on 4th String
4th String
e|---|
B|---|
G|-6-|
D|-7-|
A|-7-|
E|---|
Major Triad on 3rd String
3rd String
e|---|
B|-8-|
G|-8-|
D|-8-|
A|---|
E|---|
Major Triad on 2nd String
2nd String
e|-2-|
B|-3-|
G|-2-|
D|---|
A|---|
E|---|

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♯

Minor Triads