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
chord = E
oy or E, G, B
chord = C, E, G
chord = B
chord = A, C, E
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.
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
oy (E G# B)
A chord = A C# E
The only exception is B. It needs two sharps (B
ine#). 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.
- F A C from FACE
- F A# C
- F# B C#
Huh? Extended chords? Hey, no problem:
E Major 7 = E
oes (E G# B D#).
Yes, a ninth chord would require the next word, F
ine; eleventh chord, A
E m7 = E
oes (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.')