Major Key Triads
espkh2
Nov 24 2011, 03:28 PM
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Hey, im new here.

I am wondering about major and Minor chords, and what chords to use within them. For example D Major and C minor.
I saw this in a lesson:

C major key triads:
C - Dm - Em - F - G - Am - Bdim

Does this formula work on every major key and what is the formula to the minor.

Could someone point me in the right direction wink.gif

Also a link to a lesson would be great

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Nov 24 2011, 04:19 PM
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Major Triads:
Major = I, IV, V
Minor = ii, iii, vi
Diminished: vii

Minor Triads:
Major: III, VI, VII
Minor: i, iv, v
Diminished: ii

And yes, it works in any key. So by knowing C major scale, as you said you get C, Dm, Em, F, G, Am, Bdim. And knowing the key of E minor for example, you would get Em, F#dim, G, Am, Bm, C and D. smile.gif
All you need to know is how the basic diatonic chords are created. Just add every second note of the scale. Triads have 3 notes. So in C major, first chord would have the notes C, E and G. Second D, F and A, third E, G and B and so on.

A lot of people ask this, so you probably find a lot of information by using the search function. smile.gif

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Daniel Realpe
Nov 24 2011, 06:30 PM
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Yeah Sollesnes is right, by knowing that formula you pretty much can apply to any key!

it is simple but in real life it's so helpful and so important for you to know this!

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espkh2
Nov 25 2011, 03:01 PM
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QUOTE (Sollesnes @ Nov 24 2011, 03:19 PM) *
Major Triads:
Major = I, IV, V
Minor = ii, iii, vi
Diminished: vii

Minor Triads:
Major: III, VI, VII
Minor: i, iv, v
Diminished: ii

And yes, it works in any key. So by knowing C major scale, as you said you get C, Dm, Em, F, G, Am, Bdim. And knowing the key of E minor for example, you would get Em, F#dim, G, Am, Bm, C and D. smile.gif
All you need to know is how the basic diatonic chords are created. Just add every second note of the scale. Triads have 3 notes. So in C major, first chord would have the notes C, E and G. Second D, F and A, third E, G and B and so on.

A lot of people ask this, so you probably find a lot of information by using the search function. smile.gif


Thanks alot! ( Takk skal du ha) smile.gif

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Nov 26 2011, 01:58 AM
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Vær så god -_^

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