Banish stock phrases with these smart triad chord ideas

Nile Rodgers performs onstage
Nile Rodgers has explored the fretboard for funky phrases from his Chic days and beyond. (Image credit: Mariano Regidor/Redferns)

Few would dispute the fact that it’s helpful to learn chunks of the fretboard via patterns and scales. However, sometimes we can feel trapped within these same patterns, or hear ourselves repeating the same lines more often than we would like. 

The vast majority of us rely on ‘stock’ phrases – and this doesn’t mean they aren’t valid or exciting to the listener. Having said that, we all want to progress, so the following chord shapes offer another way of viewing the available possibilities. 

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Richard Barrett

As well as a longtime contributor to Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, Richard is Tony Hadley’s longstanding guitarist, and has worked with everyone from Roger Daltrey to Ronan Keating.