Triads – Their Bond With Alchemy and Chemistry

Triads are at the basis of our harmony in music.. My Boogie Man of the Opera starts with the Bach and goes wild from there,

Triads – Their Bond With Alchemy and Chemistry. The first hidden code of alchemy is that is the 4 elements. They are earth, air fire and water. Here is what they hide:

  • Fire is the code for hydrogen. The primary stellar source of fire is hydrogen.
  • Earth represents carbon. The hardest earth substance is diamond. Diamond is all compressed carbon.
  • Air is the hidden name for nitrogen. Our atmosphere has approximately 75% nitrogen.
  • Water is reserved for oxygen. By atomic weight, not by atom count , water is mostly oxygen. It is hydrogen hydroxide.

The alchemical four elements are really the basis of organic chemistry. Their atomic numbers, which define the elements are:

  • Hydrogen-1.
  • Carbon-6.
  • Nitrogen-7.
  • Oxygen-6

Now, let’s parallel the four elements to the four types of triads. Here is their definition by half tones.  These 1/2 tone distances are given from the note before. “X” represents the starting tone. Note: Our basic unit, the “one” is the half tone. Like the hydrogen. The diminished is “6” like the carbon. The major and minor are 7 like the nitrogen. The augmented is 8 like the oxygen.

Four elements, four seaons, four triads. Who's counting?
Classical sets of four really come from the centers of the even numbered number squares used Neolithic times. I blog all about these.


  • Diminished triad:  X-3-3 (total 6 half tones from the starting note). This is like earth or carbon.
  • Minor triad: X-3-4 (Total is 7 half tones from the starting note). These next two are like air or nitrogen
  • Major triad: X -4-3 (Total is 7 half tones from the starting note). Same as above.
  • Augmented triad:  X-4-4 (total is 8 half tones from the starting note). This is like water or  oxygen.
  •  The basic building block is the starting tone. It is the fire or hydrogen.
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     Here, I hope, is a treat. Blogger, David, is  playing his own take off on J.S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor. I play it  as a Boogie-Woogie. Nobody else has even attempted to  play it. The music is just too difficult. Classical players can’t cut the jazz. Jazz players can’t master its classical aspect. If you are daring enough, I offer it on the product page of Otherwise, simply sit back and enjoy me playing it on the Steinway grand at the Selby Public Library in Sarasota. I also offer piano lessons in Sarasota, Fl. Finally, since I think the Boogie is fun and engages the mind, feel free to share it with your friends.




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