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Core `Ukulele Chords, Traditional and Contemporary Triads

Major, Minor, Diminished, Augumented, Suspended and Add chords.

by Curt Sheller, Curt Sheller Publications

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 and add chords. 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, and add9.

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 a 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. Works for any major scale and mode of the 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 is no 7 or 5 in the name of the chord they're most likely triads with one of the notes doubled. An example would be open position C. C is C E G with the C doubled.

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