(2) Ron’s Tip – Teaching Chords / Triads Correctly
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Tip #2 – Ron’s Tip – Teaching Chords / Triads Correctly
Ron’s Lesson on teaching chords and Triads correctly
Hello everyone . I would like to talk a little today about chords and this process I have been excited about. improvisation.The funny thing is that just this morning I was watching a video by a piano player ( not mentioning any names)talking about what a chord is and how to learn to play them. To my dismay I was really taken back the way I felt he was nowhere on this planet with what he was trying to teach. For any one who played an instrument, this video should not have been shown. I stayed on there for 20 minutes listening to this stuff.. You can’t make this stuff up. After seeing this video I was so happy to know that I spent most of my life studying at Conservatories that knew what they were talking about. Forgive me if I get a little abrupt here today but I want to teach the correct way.
First of all what I was stressing in the previous or beginning of this course that I am giving, that to improvise in jazz you have to learn the preliminary or fundamentals that lead upto playing chords. So i feel it is my duty to go over this once again, especially after seeing this hideous piano players concept and to instruct my followers correctly
TRIADS. Let’s Get one thing straight! No Chord in music can be built without the building blocks of a Triad. There are four Triads that make up all the chords in music That is it! We spoke in the early weekly Tips that the triads are as follows;1) major 1-3-5 ) Minor 1- flat 3- 5), Diminished 1-flat 3-flat 5), and augmented 1-3 sharp 5). the number here represent the notes of the scale. So this pertains to any scale. SO if we are in the Key of C Major then we are saying 1-3-5- is C-E-G. Now that would be the correct way to present the bottom three notes of the chord.
Now using the top or next note after the 5th note of the Triad. would we be able to determine the name of that particular Chord. This can either be a 6th or a 7th or even a 9th or an 11th. But the 9th which is common in chords would follow the 7th or added onto as the top note and an 11th would follow the ninth. In a 6th chord the 6th is the top not . In a 7th Chord the 7th is the Top note In a 9th or an 11th chord the top note would identify that particular chord. So this brush up on Triads is very important for any trumpet player . and when we do start improvising “we will be improvising one note at a time in different rhythms” Which is much different than a piano player!.But with the same idea!
So getting back to the famous Triads, next after you know them in the roots. We will then learn the 1st , and 2nd inversions. So to play the Triad in the 1st inversion we will change the order of the Triad that is to be played. So in the 1st inversion in the key of C The numbers are 3-5-1,where the 3 note is the first note played from the bottom up. So the 1st inversions will look like this Major 3-5-1, Minor Flat 3-5-1, Diminished Flat 3-flat 5 -1.and the Augmented is 3-Sharp 5- 1 . …Take a minute to absorb that . It is so perfectly explained that you should understand it. If not please contact me here on Keith Fialas Trumpet resources and I will explain further. Whereas the piano player this morning that explained this was so off base I could not believe it.
Neext of course would be the 2nd inversions whereas the numbers are Major is 5-1-3 which means the notes would be G-C-E in Major , then Minor is 5-1-flat3, then diminished is flat 5-1-flat . so substitute the numbers with the notes and so on.
Remember from the past Weekly archive lesson that you should use a metronome slowly going consecutively from one Triad to the other one note at a time from left to right starting on the Major and finishing on the Augmented.. playing them in quarter notes. then as you get more familiar with them then try eight notes. that is as fast as I would suggest, just keep them moving in a perpetual motion. when you can play them where you know them in all inversions o well You are then ready to move onto 6th and 7th chords which we will go over again. In actuality knowing these triads you are really playing parts of a chords as we speak. But i cannot stress enough Learn these triads in all keys . Yes !2 Major Keys.This process will take time
So this is the lesson for today . A precursor to improvising.
p.s. if you don’t have metronome ,don’t sweat it. You can use your foot
So to finish up here I’d like to say this information I am giving you is a Conservatory plan from the Manhattan School of Music which was taught to me by my teacher Bob Arthurs many years ago. Bear with me each week and I will get you too improvise correctly, And with all due respect to Keith Fiala who I believe in so much and is a great motivator and teacher, there are many teachers out there that don’t know how to interpret there teaching correctly. Hope you learned something good today!
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