How to Play Minor Triads – Learning Chords on Piano

This lesson geared toward helping you learn chords on piano will focus on minor triads. A triad is a three note chord. If the chord sounds sad, chances are it is a minor triad. Like a major triad, a minor triad chord has a root, a third, and a fifth. With a minor triad, the third of the chord is only 3 half steps away from the bottom note and the fifth is 4 half steps away. So, the formula is reversed for the minor chord compared to the major triad. Remember that it is common for the words triad and chord to be used interchangeably. Specifically, a triad is a three note chord. In the next lesson, we will discuss diminished chords, which sound scary.

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