A Triad, as the word suggests, is a group of 3 notes usually played simultaneously. When all 3 notes are struck together this is called a “ block chord”. When struck non-simultaneously the chord is said to be “ arpeggiated” or sometimes referred to as a “ broken chord”.
I teach triads to all my students the very first lesson. When first learning their triads, I have my students play the chords in what is called “close position”. “ Close Position” means the notes are as “close” to each other as possible. In other words they are not spread out beyond an octave.
When a student learns his or her 60 triads, ( 5 types of triads multiplied by 12 different keys on the piano), they are ready to play songs in the form of what is called a “ lead sheet”.
Major chords are indicated by a capital letter by itself. A minor chord is indicated my a small “ m “ in the chord symbol. For example a C minor chord would be written as Cm.
Augmented chords are indicated by a “ + “ symbol and suspended 4th chords are written like C sus 4. The last type of triad is called “ diminished”. This chord is written 2 ways: either C dim or C o.
- Learning Triads
- Learning Leadsheets
- 4 – Note Chords (Close Position)
- 5 + Note Chords (Open Position)
- Advanced chord voicings