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Triads

Triads

Triad is a set of three notes which located one from another through thirds (more about intervals here). Let’s consider the four main triads.

Major Triad

Major triad consists of the following intervals:

  • major third;
  • minor third.
C major scale and Major triad
C major scale and Major triad

On the picture above shows the C major scale and the triad, consisting of 1, 3 and 5 steps (more about the steps and scales here).

Minor Triad

Minor triad consists of the following intervals:

  • minor third;
  • major third.
C minor scale and Minor triad
C minor scale and Minor triad

On the picture shows the C minor scale and the triad, consisting of 1, ♭3 and 5 steps.

Minor and major triads are basic, but there are others.

Diminished Triad

Consist of:

  • minor third;
  • minor third.
Diminished triad
Diminished triad

Augmented Triad

Consist of:

  • major third;
  • major third.
Augmented triad
Augmented triad

On the picture below we see schemes of the all four basic triads:

Four basic triads
Four basic triads
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