• Can a Triad Get Spicier Without Getting Jazzier?

    triad spicy

    A triad is a three-note chord. In this post, we’ll learn how to spice up triads with added notes (add 9), drop 2 voicings, the “mu chord,” and more.

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    Chord alterations, “add X,” half diminished 7 chords, and more…

    Here is a question that came in from Chris Myhre:

    Flat 9, flat 5, flat 7th… this stuff is confusing — and for that matter the ADD 9, ADD 5, ADD 6, and the #9, #5 as well. I guess I should also throw in the half-diminished chords, whatever those are. I’m still trying to figure it out. It all sounds beautiful but it seems that a #9 would be a minor note and a flat 7th is still just a regular 7th. It’s hard to understand why the notation has to be so complicated. Maybe things will become more apparent as I go along and learn more.

    Anyway, I hope to understand more of this as I go along and I appreciate what you have done. God bless,


    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for your question…

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    How to use my secret 9 trick to add flavor to your chord progressions

    In today’s post, I’m going to show you how to improve your dull, “overused” major chords by adding the “9th” tone. Instant spice!

    If you haven’t read yesterday’s post, stop what you’re doing and review it first! This post won’t make much sense as it is a continuation from yesterday.
    In my last post, I left you with this nice ballad-style chord progression…

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