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The Building Blocks of a Triad (Guitar Lesson)


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Don Ross

The Building Blocks of a Triad

Join Don as he breaks down the intervals that go into making a major or minor triad.

Taught by Don Ross in Play Songs By Ear seriesLength: 24:42Difficulty: 1.5 of 5


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Play Songs By Ear

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Your ears can be one of your most valuable assets as a musician. In this series, Don is going to show you how to translate what you hear into what you play. This series is designed to build your confidence and equip you with the valuable skill of playing music by ear.



Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Don gives an overview of what to expect from this series.

Length: 4:20 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

The Sound of the Major Scale

Utilizing the visual element of a piano keyboard, and your ears (of course), Don walks through the intervals of the Major Scale.

Length: 12:09 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Semitones and Whole Tones

As we begin to look at intervals, we start with the smallest classified interval, as semitone, and will look at 2nd and 3rd intervals as well.

Length: 18:52 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

The 4th & 5th Intervals

Don continues to explore the concept of intervals, now looking at the 4th and 5th scale degrees.

Length: 16:46 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

The 6th & 7th Intervals

In this lesson, we're going to look at the last two intervals in a Major Scale, the 6th and 7th.

Length: 15:06 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 6

Memorizing Intervals

In this lesson, Don teaches some helpful tools for memorizing the sound of the intervals.

Length: 11:06 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

The Building Blocks of a Triad

Join Don as he breaks down the intervals that go into making a major or minor triad.

Length: 24:42 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Recognizing Major and Minor Chords by Ear

In this lesson, Don works on the skill of hearing the difference between a Major and Minor chord.

Length: 14:27 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only

About Don Ross View Full Biography

Don has toured regularly since 1989, across Canada, the USA, a dozen European countries, Japan, Taiwan, China, Australia, Russia and India. He has played with symphony orchestras in Canada and Germany, and collaborated live and on recording with Andy McKee, Canadian singer/guitarist Brooke Miller, & Toronto bassist Jordan O’Connor. He also composes scores for television, radio and film, and does production and recording engineering for a variety of other musicians. In addition to acoustic guitar, Don also plays electric guitar, slide dobro and lapsteel guitar, voice, piano, keyboards, bass guitar and drums.

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