Tips to Use Chord Triads

Chord triads are a sequence of 3 notes separated by a third. A simple example of triad chord is C major, which contains the notes C, E, and G.

The common way to use triad is to play the main major and minor chords in a song.

However, there are other ways to use triads in a song, which can give a different color to your harmony.

One technique is to change the triad in simple ways that makes it sound a little different. For example, you can move one of the notes in the triad one note down (in a diatonic way), and get a new “altered” triad the sounds well.

For example, if you take the E triad (E, G#, B), you can get the following combinations:

  • E, G#, A
  • E, F#, B
  • D, G# B

You will see that each chord triad change creates a new triad that has sounds great in the context of the song. These triads represent the note extensions of a 11th, 9th, and 7th.

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To see an example of how this works, just check the video below.

You’ll see several examples of how to start from a simple triad, like D,F#,A (D major chord) and modify some of its notes to get a different sound.


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