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Country Vocals Lessons: Chords & Intervals - Minor Triads

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we're going to build a minor chord,
a minor triad.
So for a minor triad, you build it exactly
the same way you do a major triad,
only you make the third, the middle note,
a minor third instead of a major.
So let's go to our, let's go to the A.
Remember when we were playing scales,
and we played the A minor scale.
So the A is the one that scale, one, two,
three, four, five, six,
seven, back to the one.
[SOUND] To build an A minor chord,
you build it with the one,
the fifth, so one, two, three, four, five.
And then a minor third which is only
one two three steps above the root.
So here's A C E, that's an A minor triad.
You can make an A major triad by
changing the third just a half step.
Remember, a major 3rd is built, one, two,
three, four half steps above the root.
So here would be an A Major triad.
That's an A Major.
Listen to the difference.
Here's an A minor triad with the third
a half step lower.
That's an A minor.
A, C, E.
Now were going to build a D minor chord.
We start with the D
Where's the fifth?
One, two, three, four, five.
[NOISE] On the A, so we have the root
[NOISE] and the fifth [NOISE].
Now, the third, a minor third is one,
two, three half steps above the root.
So three half steps above D [NOISE]
is one, two, three [NOISE] F.
And here's our D minor chord, D, F, A.
That's a minor triad built on the D.
We could make it a D major triad by
doing what?
Raising the third a half step
to a major third above D.
[SOUND] One, two, three,
four [SOUND] half steps.
There's the major third.
[SOUND] That's a D major chord.
Here's a D minor [SOUND].
D minor.
Now, you have all the chords that you need
to play any axis of awesome song as well.
Remember that the chord progression for
the axis of awesome 4-chord songs is 1,
which is the C, C major, the triad.
Then the five chord.
So that's G,
B, D, that's a G major triad.
And then the six minor.
So in the key of C, that's one,
two, three, four, five, six.
We're building a minor chord on the sixth
note; that's the A minor triad we
just built.
A, C, E [SOUND].
And then the last of the four cords is
the four, number four built in key of C,
one, two, three, four.
So it's a triad,
major triad built on F, A, C.
[SOUND] That's the axis of awesome for
chord progression.
C major triad, G major triad,
A minor triad F major triad
C, G, A minor, F,
don't stop believing,
hold on to that feeling.
I'm more than a bird,
I'm more than a plane.
Yeah, you get the idea.
Build your own access of awesome medley
now you know the triads to play.
One, five, six minor, four,
C major G major, A minor, F.
Go for it.