Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Definition of Triad

According to the Harvard Dictionary of Music, triad is defined as a chord consisting of three pitches, the adjacent pitches being separated by a third. When I think of a triad I always think of Do, Mi, So just because they are the most popular thirds in the scale. But, no matter where you start on the scale you can have a triad. In a triad there are always three notes...hence the prefix tri- , they will be separated by a major or minor third and a perfect fifth.

::UPDATE:: Sometimes the triads will include a perfect fifth but not always. There are 4 kinds of triads: the major triad, the minor triad, the diminished triad, and the augmented triad.