16: Minor Triads
Lesson 16: Minor TriadsThis lesson explains minor triads. The minor triad is the 2nd-most basic chord type, right after the major triad.
To understand this lesson, you need to already know the major triads, so review Lesson 14: Chords: Major Triads and Lesson 15: Major Triad Games if you need to.
The rule for the minor triad is pretty simple: The minor triad consists of the 1st, 3rd, and 5th notes of a major scale (like the major triad), except you lower the 3rd a half-step. Symbolically, we write it like this:
Minor triad: 1 ♭3 5
The chord symbol for the minor triad is m ("little em"). Here are a couple of examples:
Here are two example pairs of major & minor triads, so you can see how the major and minor triads are related to each other:
For reference, these are the notes in the common minor triads:
When you're sure you understand this lesson, go on to Lesson 17: Minor Triad Games to practice and test yourself.