What are Triads in Music? - Definition & Examples

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How many notes are required to make a triad?

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1. A major triad is created by taking a root note and combining it with a _____ third and a perfect fifth.

2. In creating a minor triad, how many half steps do you need to count up from the root note to create the perfect fifth?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This short multiple-choice quiz will test your knowledge of triads in music composition. You'll need to apply your understanding of the different types of triads and know how they're formed in music.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz and worksheet will challenge you to:

  • Know how many notes a triad needs
  • Understand how to form major and minor triads
  • Recognize the different types of triads
  • Identify the diminished triad's primary components

Skills Practiced

You'll apply following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use what you know about music theory to name the different triad types
  • Information recall - access knowledge you've gained regarding the formation of triads
  • Reading comprehension - make sure you can draw the most important information from the related music theory lesson

Additional Learning

If you want to learn more about triads and their applications in music, review the related lesson called What are Triads in Music? - Definition & Examples. The lesson is designed to help you:

  • Know why triads are common in musical compositions
  • Differentiate between the four main types of triads
  • Understand how you can identify a triad on a piece of written music
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