Major Triads

This lesson will deal with root-position Major Triads. They are visualized from Key Circle notes on the 6th and 5th strings. The positions are:

The 6th-string root and its 1st octave on the 4th string

and

The 5th-string root and its 1st octave on the 3rd string.

The roots are found, or visualized, using the Octave Patterns based on the Key Circle notes.

(See the 5-Lesson Foundational Series.)

Major Triad shapes associated with the 6th-string root (4th set of 3 strings) & 4th string root (2nd set of 3 strings).

 

The 6th-string root and the 4th-string root are octaves and therefore have the same letter name. The 4th string root is the 1st octave from and is visualized from the 6th string Key Circle note. 

4th set of 3 strings (6th string root)

2nd set of 3 strings (4th string root)

Major Triad shapes associated with the 5th-string root (3rd set of 3 strings) & 3rd-string root (1st set of 3 strings).

 

The 5th-string root and the 3rd-string root are octaves and therefore have the same letter name. The 3rd-string root is the 1st octave from and is visualized from the 5th string Key Circle note.

3rd set of 3 strings (5th-string root)

1st set of 3 strings (3rd-string root)

ASSIGNMENT: Play all 4 triad shapes in every key around the Circle. Recite the names of the keys as you play. Group the Key Circle note and it's octave together. Use the octave pattern to find all roots.

Demonstration Video