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Traditional and Contemporary Triads FREE LESSON
Published: Nov 4, 2013 Updated: Feb 20, 2014, • 3286

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Traditional and Contemporary Triads

by Curt Sheller, Curt Sheller Publications

A triad is a three note chord. In traditional chord theory there are four traditional triad chord types: major, minor, diminished and augmented. And four contemporary triad chord types: sus2, sus4, add2 and add9.

Triads can be used harmonically, as chords and melodically, as single notes. Triads are a great way to get started with creating melodic solos and improvising.

In my personal experience and experience with students these are the first real challenging chords after the basic open position chords and movable basic chords.

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Core `Ukulele Chords, Traditional and Contemporary Triads

A triad is a three note chord. In traditional music theory, there are four triad chord types: major, minor, diminished and augmented. Contemporary triads include sus, add, and modal.

On the ‘ukulele, triads occur on adjacent and non-adjacent string sets.

In music theory, there are four traditional triad chord types: major, minor, diminished and augmented. And four contemporary triad chord types: sus2, sus4, add2, add9, and Lydian.

Triads can be used harmonically as chords and melodically as single notes. Triads are an excellent way to get started with creating melodic solos and improvising.

For a major scale, I have students memorize this sequence of the triad types in a major scale: major, minor, minor, major, major, minor, diminished. This sequence with knowing the notes of any major scale will get you the chords for that scale. For the C major scale, the chords are C, Dm, Dm, F, G, Am, Bdim. For Db major, the chords are Db, Ebm, Fm, Gb, Ab, Bbm, Cdim. This sequence works for any major scale or mode of a major scale. For D Dorian the chords are: Dm Em F G Am Bdim C. Simply start on the second chord theC major scale chord sequence.

You already know triads if you know the basic open position chords such as C, F, G, Am, Dm, etc... If there's no 7 or 5 in the name, they're most likely triads maybe with one or more of the notes doubled. An example would be typical open position C. C is C E G with the C doubled.

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