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Minor Triads

  • A minor triad is composed of a minor third beneath a major third.

Minor Triads

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Objectives 0:07
  • C Minor Triad Root 0:35
    • Finding the Root of the Chord
    • Review of Major Triad
    • How to Write a Minor Triad
    • Writing the C Minor Triad on the Staff
    • Major Triads are Labeled with an Uppercase I, But Minor Triads are Labeled with a Lowercase i
  • C Minor Triad Third 2:39
    • Using Half Step Pattern to Find the Third
    • Finding the Minor Third Using 4 Half Steps
  • C Minor Triad Fifth 4:06
    • Using Half Step Pattern to Find the Fifth
    • Finding the Minor Fifth Using 5 Half Steps
    • Half Step Pattern of Major and Minor Chords are Opposite
  • Finding the Third 6:13
    • Converting D Major to D Minor by Lowering the Third
    • Using Key Signature to Find Minor Chord
    • Writing Out a D Minor Chord
  • Finding the Fifth 8:22
    • Finding the B Flat Minor Chord Using Half Step Pattern
    • Playing a B Flat Major and B Flat Minor Scale
    • Writing the B Flat Minor Chord on the Staff
  • Transposing Minor Triads 11:42
    • Finding the A Major Chord by Counting Steps
    • Writing the Sharps of A Major
    • Finding A Major on the Keyboard
    • Finding A Minor on the Keyboard by Counting Steps
    • Playing A Major Scale on the Keyboard
    • Playing A Minor Scale on the Keyboard
    • A Minor Doesn't Have Any Accidentals
    • Finding D Flat Minor Chord
    • The Only Difference Between a Major and Minor Chord is the Third
  • Example 1: Finding Minor Triads on Black Keys 17:01
    • Relative Major and Minor
  • Example 2: Finding Minor Triads on White Keys 23:08
  • Example 3: Finding the Root 26:50
  • Example 4: Finding the Third 27:13
  • Example 5: Finding the Fifth 27:27
  • Example 6: Playing a Minor Triad on Every Key 29:24