Guitar Chords - Triads

Triads are a group of notes that form a major or minor chord.

Major triads are formed by the first (root), third, and fifth notes of the major scale.

🎼 Triads are basic chords formed with notes spaced 3 intervals apart from each other in the major scale, and within the same octave.

Major Triad Formula: using the C Major Scale, the notes shown in red are used to play a C Major triad.

C D E F G A B C
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
C + E + G

Minor triads are formed by the first (root), flat third, and fifth notes of the major scale.

Minor Triad Formula: using the C Major Scale, the third note is flat, or lowered a half step down, to play a C Minor triad.

C D E♭ F G A B C
1 2 3♭ 4 5 6 7 8
C + E♭ + G