Triads are integral to gospel, neo-soul and jazz guitar – in fact, they're essential for any style of guitar playing. Expand your repertoire now with these effortlessly cool licks

Sam Blakelock of Pickup Music
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Triads are a crucial part of gospel, R&B, and jazz guitar. In fact, they’re an important tool for guitarists of any genre. There’s no better way to get acquainted than by getting hands on. So let’s take a look at some beautiful triadic gospel licks that are guaranteed to get those creative juices flowing. 

Sam Blakelock has eight licks for you to learn here, each one with its own unique flavour. The best part is at the end, they all tie together to create a glorious sequence. It’s up to you whether you treat it as a package of cool licks or a longer study piece. 

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As a co-founder of Pickup Music, it’s safe to say Sam Blakelock is at the forefront of online guitar education. He’s created a thriving online community for guitarists which continues to grow. With a Master’s Degree in jazz performance and years of experience gigging all over the world, Sam is a top example of a contemporary guitarist.