Difference between Triads and Arpeggios?

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  1. kctrumpeteer

    kctrumpeteer Piano User

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    My assumption is that the Triad is only 3 notes where as an arpeggio can cover several notes, but was trying to verify for sure what the difference is, since conceivably they could almost be the same.

    How does it differ on non-trumpet? I got the impression that on piano, for instance that a triad would be a chord played together but an arpeggio would be played progressively from note to note.
     
  2. Dupac

    Dupac Fortissimo User

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    First, here is a definition of a triad (Wikipedia) :
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    In music and music theory, a triad is a three-note chord that can be stacked in thirds.
    Its members, when actually stacked in thirds, from lowest pitched tone to highest, are called:
    the Root
    the Third (whose interval is a major third or minor third above the root)
    and the Fifth (whose interval is a major or minor third above the third, and a diminished, perfect, or augmented fifth above the root).
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    Now, this : any chord (not only triads) can be played all the notes together (vertically -on the piano, more difficult with a trumpet :-) -) OR as arpeggios, i.e. one note after the other (horizontally).
     
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  3. Cornyandy

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    Standard major Triad, Tonic, mediant, dominant Trumpeters triad Tonic, Gin, Lemon
     
  4. kehaulani

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    Or stated a little differently from a performance standpoint:

    Think of a triad as a harmonic unit, formed of thirds, played simultaneously.
    Think of an arpeggio as a single-note series of notes which outlines the chord.
     
  5. Cornyandy

    Cornyandy Fortissimo User

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    Thanks Kehaulani but I couldn't resist the gag
     
  6. Al Innella

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    Notes played one at a time arpeggio, oplayed all at once triads and chords.
     
  7. kehaulani

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    self-deleted. double post
     
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  8. kehaulani

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    I'm afraid that's a little unclear. Notes played one at a time are an arpeggio only if they outline a chord. And notes played all at once are triads only when they form a chord built on thirds.
     
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  9. Al Innella

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    You're right, but he only wanted to know what the difference between them.
     
  10. Haste2

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    "Triad" is a very broad term. It implies that the music somehow, in some way, communicates a major/minor/augmented/diminished chord... usually either all instruments play one of those notes simultaneously, or the notes are outlined in some fashion.

    Arpeggios simply outline the notes of triads. Of course, arpeggios can outline 7th chords, etc., as well.
     

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