A triad is three notes played together. Each triad has an interval of a 3rd between each note.
Look at the scale below. You’ll see that notes have been added above notes 1, 4 and 5 of the scale to create chords.
You can create songs using only these three chords. Everyone knows the carol Silent Night. Silent Night was originally composed in 1818 by Franz Xavier Gruber.
Listen to the melody and chords used.
Click on this link to see the melody and the chords used.
Rhedeg i Baris (Yr Anhrefn/Candelas) – which also uses the three primary chords.
How do you decide which chord to use with the notes of a melody?
Click on this link to add chords to a well-known melody by the composer Charpentier. The key is C major, therefore you need to remember once again what the three primary chords are.
First of all, listen to the melody: