Intermediate Theory Lesson – Spelling All Triads

The lesson today won't have an accompanying video, it's all bookwork. 🙂

But don't run away yet, if you don't have your triads nailed you need to study this lesson.

Triads are the building blocks of so many things in music that it is essential that you can fluently spell every single one of them.

So the PDF download shows you a method to help you do just that.

Spelling Triads PDF

So take the time to study this material and post any questions you may have in the comments.

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  1. Steve Schrader on May 2, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Thanks Carl I feel smarter just reading it once.
    You are good, you take something other teachers wish to make look hard I guess to make them look smarter and show that it is not really so hard
    You have the gift to explain it as simple as possible.
    Your the best

  2. Drew on May 12, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Thanks so much for your help. I’ve been playing guitar as a hobby for at least 10 years and never really cared much about music theory. I just played whatever I could learn though tabs and eventually by ear. Now that I have a passion to learn what I am playing; you make it easy to understand. Thank you. Keep up the great work.


  3. thomas healey on May 22, 2010 at 6:02 am


    • Carl Brown on May 22, 2010 at 1:05 pm

      Hey Thomas, glad to have you at the site. The song lessons are just note-for-note video lessons without TAB. I can’t legally publish the TAB because the written music is copyrighted. There is TAB for the BACH piece however since the music is now public domain and it is my own arrangement. I really appreciate your interest in supporting my site, all Premium Subscriptions enable me to continue all the regular FREE lessons as well as the Song Lessons so any help would be greatly appreciated!! THANK YOU!!!

      Feel free to ask my any questions you may have, the forum is great place to get a quick answer!! 😀


  4. chad herb on June 12, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Hey Carl, I just joined the site a few months ago and I am HOOKED!
    Can’t wait to see what lessons you come up with next. Great job.

  5. Akash Metalmania on June 1, 2012 at 1:42 am

    You are a genius Carl. Your lessons on learning and understanding the dorian mode, and not just that, but the whole of it, is just a great way of moving forward with learning step by step. I’ve known it all for a long time but now actually incorporating it all with live music playing and experimenting new things on stage, is just awesome. Thank you so much! I’ve promoted your site on my band’s page, and it definitely is up for a lot more Carl! keep it up \m/

    • Carl Brown on June 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks a bunch for the support Akash!! Cheers! Carl..

  6. hugo on May 22, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Hey Carl, thanks for the lessons!!

    I have a question, why do you say this of the method of taking the 1st, 3rd and 5ft note from the scale:
    “This will work for any major triad you want except for the highly altered ones like Dbb Major and such.”

    I tried it and it worked (maybe I’m wrong :)). I did this:
    Dbb scale
    1st: Dbb <—- enharmonic to C
    3rd: Fb <—- enharmonic to E
    5th: Abb <—- enharmonic to G
    Since Dbb and C are enharmonic keys, the method worked didn't it?

  7. Dan on March 7, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Hi Carl, it’s me again!

  8. Dan on March 7, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    You probably already saw my comments above about helping me understand the relationship between triads and chords. I see you did make the tie later in the Understand … Chord Progressions tutorial! Thanks! It would still be good to have made the tie back here in the Triad lesson, but you probably did it this way for a good reason. I’m wired funny, so I get these charges when I can’t close the gap!

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