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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. The most basic triad is three notes stacked in various combination of major and minor thirds. A third is the distance from one line on the music staff to the next line note on the staff or one space to the next space.
In 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.
The root tone of a triad, together with the degree of it’s parent scale, primarily determines a given triad’s function. A triad’s function is also determined by its quality: major, minor, diminished or augmented. Three of these four kinds of triads, major**, *minor and diminished are found in the Major (or diatonic) scale.
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 chrod sequence.
You actually 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 are 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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