How do you make two-note chords from three-note triads?
Owen asks, “In your fine lesson on Triad Scales, you mention that each Triad represents a chord. I can play chords with two notes. Are these triad chords three-note chords?”
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Further learning and practice
- On the fiddle we can play two-note chords, also known as double stops.
- Triads are three-note chords
- We use triads to build chords on the fiddle. You simply pick two of the three notes to build your chords.
- For example, D major triad is D, F#, and A or D0, D2, A0. The upper octave is A3, E1, E3.
- So we can pick D0 and A0 to make a D major chord. This is the easiest one to play. We could also play D2 and A0, or A0 and E1.
- The Triad Scale is an exercise I designed. You play a triad on each step of a scale.
- By the way, when chords are broken up into single notes, they are called arpeggios. So D0A0 is a chord, but D0-D2-A0 is an arpeggio.
- I have a series of lessons on this: Chord Backup Central
- How do I play chords with the fiddle?
- How to Build Chords from Triads
This micro-lesson is an excerpt from an office hours webinar I gave on June 17, 2020. View the entire live-stream with indexed questions here.
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