How To Easily Remember Major Triads on the Piano

What’s up fellas. In this post I’m going to tell you a simple trick to memorize and instantly point out chords of the major scales.

First off, the two tools I used to discover this trick are the circle of fifths and a scalebook. Here’s some pictures: 

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Now let’s make C Major our starting point. It is the red box next to the F and G. Now if you want to modulate in an ascending sequence, you would go counter clock-ways. If you want to descend you go clock ways around the circle of fifths. 

 

The Pattern

The first picture below is the triad C Major (notes are C-E-G) in the natural position. Now we can either ascend and go counter-clockwise around the circle or we could descend and go clockwise. I’m going to show you how to ascend and modulate counter-clockwise and we will find our destination to the same C Major chord but an octave higher. Okay so let’s do this. Let’s go from a C major natural position triad to a F major 2nd inversion triad. Then to Bb major 1st inversion triad, then to Eb major natural position, then keep going until you are back to C major.

C major natural

C major natural

F Major 2nd inversion

F Major 2nd inversion

Bb major 1st inversion

Bb major 1st inversion

Eb major natural position

Eb major natural position

Ab major 2nd inversion

Ab major 2nd inversion

C# Major 1st inversion

C# Major 1st inversion

F# Major natural position

F# Major natural position

B major 2nd inversion

B major 2nd inversion

E major 1st inversion

E major 1st inversion

A major natural position

A major natural position

D major 2nd inversion

D major 2nd inversion

G major 1st inversion

G major 1st inversion

C major natural position

C major natural position


Conclusion 

After practicing this for a while you will have great flexibility and a good eye for finding and playing major triads as you like. Hope you enjoyed this piano/music theory trick! 

-O