Daily Practice 13: Triads through Scales

Here is a short  routine I came up with that covers all diatonic triads in all inversions through of the main scale types.
The scales are Major, Harmonic minor, Melodic minor and Harmonic Major (Major with a b6 or b13). The triad notes are ordered in broken arpeggios only (skipping between voices or chord tones).  I’ve found broken arpeggios to be a bit more challenging and interesting to the ear. For example, C major in root position with a note order or broken arpeggio of 3,1,5 is more difficult than note order or arpeggio 1,3,5 (while keeping the triad in root position). This routine covers all these broken arpeggios in every inversion through these 4 scale types. The PDF’s below are all in C (C major sale, C Harmonic minor scale, C Melodic minor scale and C Harmonic Major scale.  The mp3s can allow you to sing along for ear training.

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Harmonic Major – Diatonic Triads Mp3

 

Harmonic Minor Triads.musx

Harmonic minor – Diatonic Triads Mp3

 

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Major Scale – Diatonic Triads Mp3

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Melodic minor – Diatonic Triads Mp3

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Daily Practice 12: Dominant Pentatonic

In this video I’m practicing a simple melody derived from a Dominant Pentatonic scale (1,2,3,5,b7,1).  I play the melody over concert C7 chord and ascend by half steps through the keys.  I play the melody slowly over concert C7 at first, so you can figure out the line by ear, just pause and rewind if needed.  This is a nice scale for use over a dominant 7th chord with a natural 9.

If you use the scale a tri-tone away (F# Dominant Pentatonic over C7) it implies an altered dominant sound (#11, #5 b7, b9, 3).
During the melody I try to stay relaxed and balanced as well as using some space or rest between keys.  I often try to remove my left hand from the horn between phrases to help me develop a physical habit which leads to using a little more space.

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Daily Practice 11: Maj Triads 2nd Inversion

Working on triads is something I do frequently as I find it good for my ears, my mind, my technique and my basic understanding of one of the fundamental structures found in both melody and harmony.  Strong melodies and voicings are often an embellishment of a triad, often times a triad with one added note.  Major Triad MasteryIn this video I’m working with a metronome on 4 simple 2nd inversion triad phrases from my book Major Triad Mastery.  Each triad is in 2nd inversion but the notes are played in 4 different orders thus creating 4 distinct triadic melodies.  These are the note orders in 2nd inversion:  1). 1,5,3 alternating with 3,5,1 –  2). 1,3,5 alternating with 5,3,1 – 3). 3,5,1 alternating with 1,5,3 – 4). 5,3,1 alternating with 1,3,5 .  The triads are played with a metronome descending by half step from concert Bb major down through the keys.

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Book: Major Triads

I finished a new book recently which is a very in depth study of the major triad.

The major triad, built off the naturally occurring overtone series, is one of the most common melodic and harmonic structures found in nearly all types of music.  A strong grasp of the major triad, in all of its inversions (root, 1st and 2nd), in all 6 orders of notes (1-3-5, 1-5-3, 3-1-5, 3-5-1, 5-1-3, 5-3-1) and in both spread and closed position will give the improvising artist, the composer and the performer a undeniable leverage point to help improve his or her musical abilities and ear.

Major Triad Mastery

Strong melodies and harmonic voicing are often simple embellishments of major triads and through a detailed study of triadic shapes one of basic schematics of melody harmony can be strengthened and expanded upon.

By playing through this book of studies and by singing, visualizing, memorizing and otherwise  fully grasping the major triad in it’s many forms, one should see steady and marked improvement in ones ear, musical skills and freedom on their instrument.  I believe that the study of the basic melodic and harmonic building blocks of music represent a fulcrum which allows for general improvement in all other musical areas.

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This book is designed to help facilitate a mastery of all major triads in both closed and spread positions, in all inversions, in all keys and all 6 orders of notes or arpeggiations.  The triadic shapes either ascend or descend chromatically making each melodic sound easier to hear and transpose through all 12 keys. I hope the material helps to transform your playing, hearing and theoretical knowledge in a positive direction.  You can purchase the PDF for $4.99 below:

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