Improvising Using Minor Triads Plus One Note

Using Triads, Plus One for Creating Melodic Solos

Published: 08 Jul 2013 Updated: 09 Dec 2022Visits: 53Code: UL107triMin

Topic: Improvisation Instruments: ukulele Subjects: Intermediate • Improvisation • Advanced • Triads • Arpeggios • Minor

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Using Minor Triad Arpeggios - Plus One for Creating Melodic Solos.

With chord tones, the notes of a chord playing a predominant role in writing melodies and in improvised melodies. The triad plus one additional note is a great melodic device for creating melodies - either written or improvised.

A triad contains three notes.

For a minor triad these notes are the first, flat third and fifth (1 b3 5) of it’s corresponding major scale with the same root.

For C minor the notes are C Eb G. Our added note can be any diatonic ( part of a C minor scale ) or chromatic note ( not part of a C minor scale ).

One of the first notes to add that sounds great with a minor triad is a fourth of the scale. In the case of C minor that’s F for C Eb F G.

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With chord tones, the notes of a chord playing a predominant role in writing melodies and in improvised melodies. The triad plus one additional note is a great melodic device for creating melodies - either written or improvised.

A triad contains three notes. A triad is the foundation of our western harmony, the chords, and chord progressions. A triad is at the heart of our more contemporary 4-part, 5-part, and beyond chords. A triad IS the chord tones / arpeggio of a chord and main component of improvisation – outlining a chord.

For a _minor_ triad these notes are the first, flat third and fifth (1 ♭3 5) of it’s corresponding major scale with the same root.

For C minor the notes are C E♭ G. Our added note can be any diatonic note ( part of a C minor scale ) or chromatic note ( not part of a C minor scale ).

One of the first notes to add that sounds great with a minor triad is a fourth of the scale. In the case of C minor that’s F for C E♭ F G.

Improvising Using Minor Triads Plus One Note…

C Minor Plus One

There are 24 possible ways to play the four notes: C E♭ F G .

C F E♭ G   F E♭ G C  E♭ G C F   G C E♭ F
C F G E♭   F E♭ C G  E♭ G F C   G C F E♭
C E♭ G F   F G C E♭  E♭ C G F   G E♭ C F
C E♭ F G   F G E♭ C  E♭ C F G   G E♭ F C
C G F E♭   F C E♭ G  E♭ F G C   G F C E♭
C G E♭ F   F G C E♭  E♭ F C G   G F E♭ C

1 4 ♭3 5

1 4 ♭3 5   4 ♭3 5 1   ♭3 5 1 4   5 1 ♭3 4
1 4 5 ♭3   4 ♭3 1 5   ♭3 5 4 1   5 1 4 ♭3
1 ♭3 5 4   4 5 1 ♭3   ♭3 1 5 4   5 ♭3 1 4
1 ♭3 4 5   4 5 ♭3 1   ♭3 1 4 5   5 ♭3 4 1
1 5 4 ♭3   4 1 ♭3 5   ♭3 4 5 1   5 4 1 ♭3
1 5 ♭3 4   4 5 1 ♭3   ♭3 4 1 5   5 4 ♭3 1

Explore using D the 2nd vs. the F, the 4th. Any added +1 is possible.

Every Finger, Every String — Explore these starting on any finger any string.

Using the fingering principles from my book The Six Secrets of Ukulele Fingering allows you to explore scales, arpeggios, intervals and sequences starting on every finger-every string, creating multiple pathways through any single note passage.

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