#1
Hey i've recently been trying to figure out how to make certain kinds of chords and stuff based on like music theory. Theres the triad like 1-3-5 for your basic major scale and then theres like making a 1-3b-5 for another kind or 1-3#-5 for something else, and this confused me a bit. Theres so many different kinds of chords out there and i was just wondering if anyone could clarify like if there was an easy way to know how to make them. Thanks
#2
3 rules!

1: take the 1st, 3rd and 5th note in the scale
2:add all the notes up to the given(C9 etc, you add the 9th,2nd,same thing)
3:always lower the 7th note(unless its a major chord)



if you just know the scale you can do them all
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Last edited by backtothe70s at Aug 10, 2006,
#3
  • Major: 1 - 3 - 5.
  • Minor: 1 - b3 - 5.
  • Augmented: 1 - 3 - #5.
  • Diminished: 1 - b3 - b5.
  • add9: 1 - 3 - 5 - 9.
  • sus2: 1 - 2 - 5.
  • sus4: 1 - 4 - 5.


That's something to get you started. I can make a list of 50+ chords in relation to the major scale, if you'd like. Just ask.

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3:always lower the 7th note


What?
#4
One thing that I see people mix up once in a while in terms of formation are 9 and add 9 chords.

C9 is made up of the notes C E G B D. 1-3-5-7-9

Cadd9 is a C chord with a ninth: C E G D. There is no 7th with this chord. 1-3-5-9
#5
Quote by Johnljones7443}

That's something to get you started. I can make a list of 50+ chords in relation to the major scale, if you'd like. Just ask.


That actually would be a big help, if you have the time to do it. Or even if you could just like tab out what a chord would look like in each of those that you listed. For like 1-3-5-9, that 9th note for example in an a chord would be a B?
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C9 is made up of the notes C E G B D. 1-3-5-7-9

No. C9 is C E G Bb D: 1-3-5-b7-9
Cmaj9 is C E G B D: 1-3-5-7-9
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Quote by kirbyrocknroll
One thing that I see people mix up once in a while in terms of formation are 9 and add 9 chords.

C9 is made up of the notes C E G B D. 1-3-5-7-9

Cadd9 is a C chord with a ninth: C E G D. There is no 7th with this chord. 1-3-5-9



So like the add9 means you add only the 9th note, as opposed to like a C9 which means you add the notes inbetween all the way up to 9? (7 and 9)
#8
^Yeah, the 9th of A is B.

I'll get writing that list and edit this post with it for you when I've finished.
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Quote by kirbyrocknroll
One thing that I see people mix up once in a while in terms of formation are 9 and add 9 chords.

C9 is made up of the notes C E G B D. 1-3-5-7-9

Cadd9 is a C chord with a ninth: C E G D. There is no 7th with this chord. 1-3-5-9


Shouldn't that C9 chord contain a flat seventh and therefor have a Bb and not a B? Unless you meant a C major 9.

EDIT: beaten to it
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... which is what elvenkindje said, yes .

And be sure to thank john for doing what I'm sure almost nobody feels like doing, lol.
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I'm only putting the chords I can think of - no doubt I'll miss a few out, though.

  • Major: 1 - 3 - 5.
  • Major7: 1 - 3 - 5 - 7.
  • Major9: 1 - 3 - 5 - 7 - 9.
  • Major13: 1 - 3 - 5 - 7 - 9 - 13.
  • Maj7(#11): 1 - 3 - 5 - 7 - 9 - #11.
  • Major13#11: 1 - 3 - 5 - 7 - 9 - #11 - 13.
  • Major6th (6): 1 - 3 - 5 - 6.
  • add9: 1 - 3 - 5 - 9.
  • 6add9 (6/9): 1 - 3 - 5 - 6 - 9.
  • Maj7(b5): 1 - 3 - b5 - 7.
  • Maj7(#5): 1 - 3 - #5 - 7.
  • Minor: 1 - b3 - 5.
  • Minor7: 1 - b3 - 5 - b7.
  • Minor9: 1 - b3 - 5 - b7 - 9
  • Minor11: 1 - b3 - 5 - b7 - 9 - 11.
  • Minor13: 1 - b3 - 5 - b7 - 9 - 11 - 13.
  • Minor6: 1 - b3 - 5 - 6.
  • madd9 (m9 with no 7th): 1 - b3 - 5 - 9.
  • m6add9 (-6/9): 1 - b3 - 5 - 6 - 9.
  • mmaj7 (min(maj7)): 1 - b3 - 5 - 7.
  • mmaj9 (min(maj9)): 1 - b3 - 5 - 7 - 9.
  • Min7(b5): 1 - b3 - b5 - b7.
  • Min7(#5): 1 - b3 - #5 - b7.
  • Dom7th (7): 1 - 3 - 5 - b7.
  • Dom9th (9): 1 - 3 - 5 - b7 - 9.
  • Dom11th (11): 1 - 3 - 5 - b7 - 9 - 11.
  • Dom13th (13): 1 - 3 - 5 - b7 - 9 - 11 - 13.
  • Dom7b5 (7b5): 1 - 3 - b5 - b7.
  • Dom7#5 (7#5): 1 - 3 - #5 - b7.
  • Dom7b9 (7b9): 1 - 3 - 5 - b7 - b9.
  • Dom7#9 (7#9): 1 - 3 - 5 - b7 - #9.
  • Augmented: 1 - 3 - #5.
  • Diminished: 1 - b3 - b5.
  • Diminished 7th: 1 - b3 - b5 - bb7.
  • sus4: 1 - 4 - 5.
  • sus2: 1 - 2 - 5.


Ouch, that's all I can think of at the moment and no doubt elven's going to comment on my lack of showing that some notes are optional, but meh. My arse hurts now, so I'll add to it later once I can think straight.
Last edited by Johnljones7443 at Aug 9, 2006,
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Quote by Johnljones7443
I'm only putting the chords I can think of - no doubt I'll miss a few out, though.

  • Major: 1 - 3 - 5.
  • Major7: 1 - 3 - 5 - 7.
  • Major9: 1 - 3 - 5 - 7 - 9.
  • Major13: 1 - 3 - 5 - 7 - 9 - 13.
  • Maj7(#11): 1 - 3 - 5 - 7 - 9 - #11.
  • Major13#11: 1 - 3 - 5 - 7 - 9 - #11 - 13.
  • Major6th (6): 1 - 3 - 5 - 6.
  • add9: 1 - 3 - 5 - 9.
  • 6add9 (6/9): 1 - 3 - 5 - 6 - 9.
  • Maj7(b5): 1 - 3 - b5 - 7.
  • Maj7(#5): 1 - 3 - #5 - 7.
  • Minor: 1 - b3 - 5.
  • Minor7: 1 - b3 - 5 - b7.
  • Minor9: 1 - b3 - 5 - b7 - 9
  • Minor11: 1 - b3 - 5 - b7 - 9 - 11.
  • Minor13: 1 - b3 - 5 - b7 - 9 - 11 - 13.
  • Minor6: 1 - b3 - 5 - 6.
  • madd9 (m9 with no 7th): 1 - b3 - 5 - 9.
  • m6add9 (-6/9): 1 - b3 - 5 - 6 - 9.
  • mmaj7 (min(maj7)): 1 - b3 - 5 - 7.
  • mmaj9 (min(maj9)): 1 - b3 - 5 - 7 - 9.
  • Min7(b5): 1 - b3 - b5 - b7.
  • Min7(#5): 1 - b3 - #5 - b7.
  • Dom7th (7): 1 - 3 - 5 - b7.
  • Dom9th (9): 1 - 3 - 5 - b7 - 9.
  • Dom11th (11): 1 - 3 - 5 - b7 - 9 - 11.
  • Dom13th (13): 1 - 3 - 5 - b7 - 9 - 11 - 13.
  • Dom7b5 (7b5): 1 - 3 - b5 - b7.
  • Dom7#5 (7#5): 1 - 3 - #5 - b7.
  • Dom7b9 (7b9): 1 - 3 - 5 - b7 - b9.
  • Dom7#9 (7#9): 1 - 3 - 5 - b7 - #9.
  • Augmented: 1 - 3 - #5.
  • Diminished: 1 - b3 - b5.
  • Diminished 7th: 1 - b3 - b5 - bb7.
  • sus4: 1 - 4 - 5.
  • sus2: 1 - 2 - 5.


Ouch, that's all I can think of at the moment and no doubt elven's going to comment on my lack of showing that some notes are optional, but meh. My arse hurts now, so I'll add to it later once I can think straight.


That's Cadd9.


Do you by any chance know how to form 14th and 15th chords? I was reading through some theory book, and it mentioned these particular chords, but very vaguely and didn't really explain them. Could you explain them?
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No. C9 is C E G Bb D: 1-3-5-b7-9
Cmaj9 is C E G B D: 1-3-5-7-9

Oh right. My mistake. Thanks for the correction.
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Do you by any chance know how to form 14th and 15th chords? I was reading through some theory book, and it mentioned these particular chords, but very vaguely and didn't really explain them. Could you explain them?



a 14th would be the same as a 7th. really wouldn't serve any purpose.
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a 14th would be the same as a 7th. really wouldn't serve any purpose.


Oh right, forgot about about that. Would that make the a 15th just an augmented 7th?
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15th would just be another octave.


Damn, nevermind I was very screwed up there.
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