Lesson 35: Building Major Triads

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Get ready! This post is all about building major triads. Building major triads is surprisingly easy if you already know how to build a major scale. (If you don’t, you can learn how to build a major scale here. ) You can build a major triad in 3 easy steps:

1) Build your major scale for the corresponding key. This means that if you want to build a C major triad, you will start with building a C major scale.

2) Take the TONIC, MEDIANT, and DOMINANT notes… slap them together… aaaannnnnnd…..

3) VOILA! You have a triad! Remember that the tonic is the first note of the scale, the mediant is the third note of the scale, and the dominant is the fifth note of the scale.

Below is a set of major triads that start on each of the white keys.

Every major triad consists of the same intervals. In the root position, the interval from the lowest note to the middle note is a major 3rd. The interval from the lowest note to the highest note is a perfect fifth.  This is true for every major triad, no matter which key. The graphic below shows a C major chord in root position, indicating the intervals in the chord.

Posted on November 11th, 2012 by sharlene

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