Welcome to episode 58 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how you can use triads to improve your jazz improvisation. Today’s lesson comes straight out of our brand new eBook “Zero to Improv”. Exercises are given out for this lesson. Listen in!
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What’s a triad?
A triad is what I call the foundation of any chord. A more text book definition would be: a set of three notes that can be stacked in thirds.
Basic formula: Root-3rd-5th (3rd and 5th altered depending on quality)
4 qualities of triads you should know:
Root position, 1st inversion, 2nd inversion major triads:
If the root is in the bass (C or F) it is in Root Position.
If the 3rd is in the bass (E or A) it is in 1st Inversion.
If the 5th is in the bass (G or C) it is in 2nd Inversion.
C major triad to F major triad exercise:
Take a look at which inversions are being used:
C major triad to G major triad exercise:
I-#idim-ii-V chord progression triad exercise:
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