The Majors, Minors & Others

author: Music One date: 09/12/2013 category: chords
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The Majors, Minors & Others
I would like show you a basic concept in the relationship of the major and minor chords. This way it gives you an easier way to remember them. All chords are made up by it's major scale. Here it is:
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---------------------------8---9----
---------------5---7---9------------
---5---7---9------------------------
***Reference*** Intervals in a major scale would be addressed as: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
  • 1 equals tonic
  • 2 equals 2nd, sus2 (sus equals suspended)(9th, Maj9th & m9th chords)
  • 3 equals 3rd, flat 3rd (flat 3rd is used for minor chords)
  • 4 equals 4th, sus4 (11th chord)
  • 5 equals 5th, aug5 (aug equals augmented)(5+ or sharp 5) (b5 & +5 are added with 7th, m7th, 9th & 13th)
  • 6 equals 6th, minor 6th (13th chord)
  • 7 equals 7th, major 7th, minor 7th, dominant 7th, diminished 7th
  • x equals dead note
  • + equals augmented
  • o7 equals dimished 7
  • Maj equals major
  • m equals minor
  • O equals open note
    A Major       A Minor
                         
    ---5---       ---5---
    ---5---       ---5---
    ---6---       ---5---
    ---7---       ---7---
    ---7---       ---7---
    ---5---       ---5---
    
    Fingering for the major chord would be 1, 3, 4, 2, 1, 1. Fingering for the minor chord would be 1, 3, 4, 1, 1, 1. Make sure to strum each chord with a down stroke counting 1, 2, 3, 4. Then exercise the chords by counting 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &. With all the chords, you can exercise each chord with all down strokes, then down, up strokes.
    Asus2(addB)     A9           AMaj9            Am9  
                                                       
    -------       ---7---       ---7----        ---7---
    ---0---       ---5---       ---x----        ---5---
    ---2---       ---6---       ---6----        ---5---
    ---2---       ---5---       ---6----        ---5---
    ---0---       ---7---       ---7----        ---x---
    -------       ---5---       ---5----        ---5---
    
    Fingering for the Asus2 (addB) would be 0, 3, 4, 0. Fingering for the A9 would be 1, 3, 1, 2, 1, 4. Fingering for the A Maj9 would be 1, 3, 2, 2, 4. Fingering for the Am9 would be 2, 3, 3, 3, 4.
     Asus4          A11  
                         
    ---5---       ---5---
    ---5---       ---5---
    ---7---       ---7---
    ---7---       ---5---
    ---7---       ---7---
    ---5---       ---5---
    
    Fingering for the Asus4 would be 1, 3, 3, 3, 1, 1. Fingering for the A11 would be 1, 3, 1, 4, 1, 1.
    A+(aug 5th)
               
      -------  
      ---6---  
      ---6---  
      ---7---  
      ---x---  
      ---5---  
    
    Fingering for the A+ (aug 5th) would be 1, 4, 2, 3.
      A6             Am6            A13  
                                         
    -------        ---5---        ---7---
    ---5---        ---7---        ---7---
    ---6---        ---5---        ---6---
    ---4---        ---7---        ---5---
    ---x---        ---7---        ---x---
    ---5---        ---5---        ---5---
    
    Fingering for the A6 would be 2, 1, 4, 3. Fingering for the Am6 would be 1, 2, 3, 1, 4, 1. Fingering for the A13 would be 1, 2, 3, 4, 4.
     AMaj7          Am7             A7             Ao7  
                                                        
    -------        -------        ---5---        -------
    ---5---        ---5---        ---5---        ---4---
    ---6---        ---5---        ---6---        ---5---
    ---6---        ---5---        ---5---        ---4---
    ---x---        ---x---        ---7---        ---x---
    ---5---        ---5---        ---5---        ---5---
    
    Fingering for the AMaj7 would be 1, 3, 4, 2. Fingering for the Am7 would be 2, 3, 3, 3. Fingering for the A7 would be 1, 3, 1, 2, 1, 1. Fingering for the Ao7 would be 2, 1, 3, 1.
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