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Jazz Piano – Basic Harmony – Triads

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3. Basic Harmony - Triads
NOTE! It’s essential that you know your 12 major scales before you can begin scale tone chords

To build a triad (3 note chord) you need a Root (1st), 3rd & 5th. 
We can build triads on each degree of a major scale as in fig4
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NOTE! Each chord in a major scale will naturally be either major, minor or diminished.
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Practise building triads in all twelve notes.


James Treweek

James Treweek

James trained classically in Piano & Clarinet and studied Jazz at University. He has worked as an MD & pianist at Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express Jazz club Dean Street, The Hippodrome, Leicester Sq Theatre, London Palladium, & was MD for the “Rat Pack” band for David Beckham (with Elton John as support!)