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Building major triads

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by mgshotgun, Jun 21, 2005.


  1. mgshotgun

    mgshotgun Shooting extraordinaire

    Feb 23, 2005
    Leander Tx
    Hi, this is my first post here at talkbass, and Im pretty new to music theory, so I apologize for my ignorance.

    My bass instructor gave me a practice sheet saying to go around the circle of 4ths, building major triads starting at C and going around. For the first two notes (C&F) I know how to build a major triad (for C, notes C-E-G and for F, F-A-C) but once I get to the note Bb I get confused. Are All three notes supposed to be be flats? (Bb-Db-Fb) or is the triad supposed to go Bb-D-F?

    Also, for whichever way the Bb triad is supposed to go, can I apply it the same way to the other flat triads?

    Thanks for the help!


    **Edited to correct notes**
     
  2. correct me if Im wrong,but isnt the C major triad : C-E-G,not C-B-G?

    and the Bb major triad is Bb-D-F. Just because the root is flat doesnt mean you flat the 3rd and 5th.
     
  3. mgshotgun

    mgshotgun Shooting extraordinaire

    Feb 23, 2005
    Leander Tx
    Oops yes i ment C-E-G, sorry its late here.
    And thanks for clearing up the Bb triad, it'll make the practice sheet much easier!
     
  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Bb-D-F. You have to count half steps between the notes. From Bb, you have B, C, C# and finally D, so that's 4 half steps up. From D you go D#, E and F, so that's 3 half steps.

    Pop quiz: what's next in the circle and what's the triad? :confused:
     
  5. mgshotgun

    mgshotgun Shooting extraordinaire

    Feb 23, 2005
    Leander Tx
    Next in the circle would be Eb, and if I am understanding this correctly the notes would be Eb-G-Bb?
     
  6. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Bingo! You get 2 rockin' bassists for that!

    :bassist: :bassist:

    Sounds like you're getting the hang of it now.
     
  7. mgshotgun

    mgshotgun Shooting extraordinaire

    Feb 23, 2005
    Leander Tx
    Awesome thanks for the help!
     
  8. slybass3000

    slybass3000 Banned

    Nov 5, 2004
    Montréal,Qc,Canada


    +1
    :hyper:
    SB