Guitar triads are one of the ultimate keys to unlocking the fretboard – here’s how you can use the CAGED system to master them

Dr Molly Miller plays a Taylor electric guitar
(Image credit: Pickup Music)

There is power in simplicity. Triads are the foundation of every beautiful song you’ve ever heard. If you can build and connect them, you’ll be able to learn songs more intuitively and open up a treasure trove of new creative ideas of your own. 

Pickup Music’s lesson examines triads through the lens of the CAGED system – an essential tool for every guitarist, especially if you struggle with music theory or are more of a visual learner. 

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Dr. Molly Miller is a Professor of Studio Guitar at USC and one of the most sought-after session guitarists in L.A. – working with household names like Jason Mraz, Zayn Malik, and the Black Eyed Peas. Her band, Molly Miller Trio, has toured around the country at festivals such as Monterey Jazz Festival, Dizzy’s at Lincoln Center, and will spend the summer opening for Jason Mraz.