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CVB2 Lesson 16: 4 videos

Lesson 16, Chords / Triads
The triad is the most basic form of a chord, consisting of only 3 notes.
In this lesson we will learn how to use them on a violin.
Exercises with triads are best done without the need to read.
You will see there are basically 2 systems when you get to a more advanced level.
For now we will study triads within the first position.
It is wise to learn where all the notes can be found on the violin if you haven’t done this already.
This will make lesson 16 a lot easier.
The first download is the finger chart, it is best to start with that and take a little time every day to learn it.

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Lesson 16 Chords / Triads

In this lesson we will find chords in the most basic form (triads) on the violin. Why are they important and why is it important to learn these by heart? This will prove to be a valuable technical study, which will grow along with your progress. It will also give you a clear “picture” of the key you will be playing in. To do this every day as a warming up will definitely help you study exercises and songs better. There are basically 2 systems which will be revealed at a more advanced level. To start we will do the practicing in the first position. We will start with the triad from the key of D, containing only 3 notes: D, F#, A. You can first read these notes, the build-up, but try to leave the score as soon as you can.


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For now you can read the triad of D major. If you understand the system, it is best to study these without reading. – First find the triad from a scale, start at the root note of the scale and build up 3rds, you would get the 1st, 3rd and 5th note of the scale. That is the triad in the root position. – Find the 1st and 2nd inversion as explained in the video. – Now play the inversions throughout the reach of the 1st position, lookup the lowest note and start from that note. In D, we have 1, 3, 5, being D, F# and A. A is the lowest note on the violin, so we start from there. As the note A is the 5th note in the scale of D, starting from this note would give us the 2nd inversion. This exercise can be done in all keys and make a great “warming-up” to next studies.

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A nice Wiener Waltz. The Waltz is a typical dance from Vienna, Austria, made famous by Johann Strauss in a 3/4 measure, halfway the 19th century. We will use staccato (short) notes to make it a bit frivolous, lighter, however, it is the most difficult bow-technique of all. Try to make it sound easy, play with it. Combine staccato with longer strokes and you will have people dancing around you.

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Another etude about triads. You can see the chords are added so you know what triad you are playing.

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