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Triads 1-2-3 Basic

Ton Dee (63) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1

Triads 1-2-3 Basic

(For some of you guys, this may be Romper-Room material but there's a bunch of us who still need chord charts while we're playing)

Some time ago, I reached that point where it was time to remember notes in the Triads. (Oh boy, I gotta memorize more chart stuff). Thinking that there had to be a better way, I started looking around. Of all the places where I searched; books, internet, etc., I noticed that no one really addressed it any different than that redundant way it's given in the book (just do it - memorize). So, I surrendered to my gloomy fate. Suddenly I realized that most of us already had all the info we needed. It was so simple that I felt a tad-bit stupid. Here it is:

This is for standard chords only, not sharps (A#), or flats (Ab).

Every Good Boy Does Fine -Always

FACE -G


E chord = Every Good Boy or E, G, B

C chord = C, E, G from FACE

B chord = Boy Does Fine

A chord = A, C, E from FACE

and so on...

Just spend about three minutes going over all seven triads in your head so you can see for yourself, a way of touching bases before you move on.

Now there's one more fix. Some of the standard chords have sharps. Which ones and what notes? Use the chord progression of C.

  1. C-I
  2. d-ii
  3. e-iii
  4. F-IV
  5. G-V
  6. a-vi
  7. b-vii


The I, IV, and V chords are Major. The rest of them are Minor. So remember that C, F, G (I, IV, V) has no sharps or flats. The others need a sharp in the middle.

C chord = C E G

E chord = E very G ood B oy (E G# B)

A chord = A C# E

The only exception is B. It needs two sharps (Boy Does# Fine#). If you ever need to know a flat or sharp chord, say, an F# chord:

Make the chord, place the accidental, then shift the whole chord accordingly.

  1. F A C from FACE
  2. F A# C
  3. F# B C#


That's it.

Huh? Extended chords? Hey, no problem:

E Major 7 = Every Good Boy Does (E G# B D#).

Yes, a ninth chord would require the next word, Fine; eleventh chord, Always.

E m7 = Every Good Boy Does (E G B D), flatten 3 and 7.

You may not understand extended chords. This will help tremendously. Of course, there's a lot more to that subject, extended chords, but this guideline would have you well on your way.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and feel free to give me feedback. (Correction: No feedback!! Due to undesirable comments in the past of me wandering into the "teacher" zone instead of 'staying in my place.')