Triads & Chord Sequences

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Triads & Chord Sequences

  1. 1. TRIADSMAJOR & MINOR CHORDS
  2. 2. INTERVALS• An interval describes the distance between two notes• The two intervals we will need today areSEMITONETONE
  3. 3. What is a triad?• A triad is a THREE note chord• A triad always includes: ROOT THIRD FIFTHTHISCHORD ISC MAJOR
  4. 4. MAJOR Vs MINOR TRIADS• The only difference between a MAJOR and MINOR chord is the THIRD.• You can see below that the root and the fifth are the same for both C major and C minor….ROOT FIFTH ROOT FIFTH THIRD THIRD
  5. 5. So… What is Diatonic Harmony? Diatonic means“within the key”so diatonic chords only contain notes that are within the given key
  6. 6. Diatonic chords in C Major• Here are the seven diatonic chords within C major.• These start from the seven notes within C major:• You can create diatonic chord sequences, using any of these chords…
  7. 7. Chord Sequences• Most chord sequences use two, three or four different chords.• The sequence is usually then repeated• In Pop/Rock music chord sequences often vary from verse to chorus
  8. 8. Major Chord Progressions• This example uses four chords from C major, with each chord lasting one bar.• Try playing through the sequence on a keyboard 1 2 3 4C MAJOR E MIN OR A MIN OR F MAJOR
  9. 9. Now create your own chord sequence in C major

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