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Tetrachords – The Four Note Lesson (Board)

Four note chords are simply triads (a three note chord) with a fourth note added. The fourth note is not a repeat of any of the notes in the main triad, it is extra, so you end up with things like seventh chords, suspended chords, and various other extended chords.

If you haven’t yet watched the lesson on chord construction and the 4 basic triads, please do so before diving into this one.


Using Triads on the Bass

In this lesson you’ll learn about using triads and how they relate to the bass guitar.

You should take some time to make sure you understand the previous lesson on Chord Construction before diving into this one, as the Triads lesson follows logically after the Chord Construction one.

Triads (Part 1): Chord Construction

Chord construction is super-important to know, for both guitar and bass players.

Anytime you want to do any sort of single note playing – on either instrument – the notes that will work best for you will be the ones that are already present in the chord that is being played, or some variation of them. For that reason, you need to understand how chords are built.

There are four basic triads that account for our four main types of chords: major, minor, augmented, and diminished.