Jazz Piano School, Ep 7: Major & Minor Triads

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Like I said: if you want to learn cool jazz voicings, then learning your major and minor triads is definitely the place to start! 

They are going to be the foundation for every 7th chord to come in the future episodes; and if you don’t already know this, your 7th chords are what jazz is all about!

I’ll be talking about 7th chords very, very soon so it’s best to prepare now! That way your engine is all fired up and ready to go.

Major and Minor Triads:

  •  Build using the 1, 3, and 5 of a major scale
  •  Just the letter in a chart means major triad. (i.e. “C” would be C major triad)
  •  Minor triad is 1, b3, and 5. You simply flat the 3rd of a major triad to create a minor triad.
  •  A minor triad is written as the letter and a hyphen (C-) or lower case m, (Cm) or even “min” for short, (Cmin)

Resources Mentioned:

Major Triads:


Minor Triads:


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