# FOUR TYPES

MusicTheory.net – Introduction to Triad Chords

Piano Major and Minor chord visual with audio

What do the four types of triads sound like?

Watch Video #1 – Intro to Chording Youtube

Video #2 – Chord Inversions

Video #3 – Left Hand Magic

Video #4 – Putting It Together

Video #5 – Making It Fancy

Quick Explanation of Diatonic Triad Chords found in a Major Scale:

Let’s use the C major scale and build chords upon each degree of the scale as shown below:

Using these 7 important diatonic chords to support a melody

## Writing the 4 types of C Triads on the Staff

### Playing I -IV – V – vi triads found in C Major

*NOTICE that the I, IV, and V chords are Major Triads. The vi chord however is a Minor Triad

*CAPITAL numerals are used for Major triads and small case numerals for minor chords.

Try playing the four chords on the piano in different orders for a partner.  In the key of C the four chords would be:

I = C       (CEG)
IV= F     (FAB)
V = G     (GBD)
vi= Am  (ACE)

Triad Formulas – go up 4 half steps, then 3 half steps from Root note

F Major (Major Triad Formula – go up 4 half steps, then 3 half steps from Root note)

G Major (Major Triad Formula – go up 4 half steps, then 3 half steps from Root note)

*NOTE THE FOLLOWING IS A MINOR CHORD

A Minor (Minor Triad Formula – go up 3 half steps, then 4 half steps from Root note)

## WORKSHEETS

*Complete following two theory book handouts on Triads and Inversions

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## USING WORKSHEET – NOTATE TRIADS

Notate your four chords.  TEACHER PROJECT HANDOUT ON WHITEBOARD

Using whole notes, notate the I-IV-V-vi triads in ROOT POSITION in the treble clef.  Using a whole note notate the ROOT of the triad chord in the bass clef for each. G8 4 COMPLETED CHORDS WORKSHEET in C Example