Announcement: Releases “Theory Guitar Lesson on Scales - How to Play Guitar Scales Part II”

Share Article released a new video guitar lesson from instructor and creator Claude Johnson. In this guitar lesson, now available on, Claude Johnson teaches part two of a theory guitar lesson on how to play guitar scales.

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now I want to show you how to make chords out of it

“In the first part of this lesson I taught you the major scale”, says Johnson, “now I want to show you how to make chords out of it”. Claude demonstrates this concept in the key of C, which has no sharps or flats, to make it easier to understand. Claude starts off by demonstrating how to build a major triad by taking the first, third and fifth notes of the major scale and playing them together, which makes a major triad, Johnson continues by explaining that if you simply flatten the third note the triad becomes minor. Claude continues demonstrating other concepts of chord construction and inversions. More information can be found at

The major scale, aka the Ionian Mode, is a seven tone diatonic scale that is widely used in western music. The eighth duplicates the first at double its frequency so that it is called a higher octave of the same note, which its name is derived from Latin "octavus", the eighth.

A Triad is a three note chord. A Major Triad consists of the Root Note, the note that a chord derives its name from, the Third (Major Third) and Fifth (Perfect Fifth) notes of the Major Scale. A Minor Triad consists of Root Note, Flat Third (Minor Third), and Fifth (Perfect Fifth). When a Triad is composed in Root Position, the notes are arranged in the order of 1-3-5 for Major and 1-flat 3-5 for Minor. Triads can be inverted so that the Root Note is not the lowest note. The First Inversion is where the Root Note is moved to the highest pitch making the order 3-5-1 for a Major Triad and flat 3-5-1 for a Minor Triad. The Second Inversion is where the Root Note and Third Note are both moved about the Fifth making the order 5-1-3 for a Major Triad and 5-1-flat 3 for a Minor Triad.

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Claude Johnson, a native of Philadelphia PA, began playing guitar in 1990 after being inspired by players like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. He is the creator of and has helped 1000’s of people to learn to play the guitar with his critically acclaimed instructional DVD courses, all available at

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