Owen asks, โ€œIn 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?โ€

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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 Scaleย 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.

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