Minor Triads

Minor Triads

We have learned that triads are formed by starting on a note in the scale and adding the Third and Fifth notes above it.

We have also learned that a Major Triad is a triad with a Major 3rd and a Perfect 5th.

Now we will learn about Minor Triads.

A Minor Triad can be thought of in two ways:
1) As a Major Triad where the Third has been lowered by one half step.
2) A Triad build on a Minor Scale.

Either way, the result is a chord with a Root, Flat Third, and Perfect 5th.

Lowering the third causes the space between the Root and Third to get smaller, while the space between the Third and Fifth gets bigger.

As a result a the notes in a Minor Triad are spaced like this: