#1
I keep hearing people say, a major chord is 1st, 3rd and 5th. What does this mean ? This may be a silly question but i just don't understand what it means
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Am i supposed to be looking at the major scale ?


All theory stems from the major scale, unless you have a decent understanding of it more theory will probably elude you.
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bascially, every note in a scale has a number, 1st being the root note, and 8th being the next octave up.

in the case of a major chord, 1 3 5, you take those notes of the the scale. e.g.

G major scale - G A B C D E F# G
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

a G major chord would be - G B D
1 3 5

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The third is the most important note in the triad. It decides whether the chord is major, minor, augmented or diminished.

Using the major scale:
1 3 5 = Major
1 b3 5 = Minor
1 bb3 5 = Diminished (bb means double flat; down 2 semitones)
1 #3 5 = Augmented
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^Expansion:

The third is the most important note in the triad. It decides whether the chord is major, minor, augmented or diminished.

Using the major scale:
1 3 5 = Major
1 b3 5 = Minor
1 bb3 5 = Diminished (bb means double flat; down 2 semitones)
1 #3 5 = Augmented


Wrong. The term augmented actually refers to the fifth (and a set of stacked major thirds) and diminished refers to a set of intervals characterised by stacked minor thirds.

Half Diminished = 1 b3 b5
Diminished = 1 b3 b5 bb7
Augmented = 1 3 #5
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Wrong. The term augmented actually refers to the fifth (and a set of stacked major thirds) and diminished refers to a set of intervals characterised by stacked minor thirds.

Half Diminished = 1 b3 b5
Diminished = 1 b3 b5 bb7
Augmented = 1 3 #5

You are correct, sir!
Futher more, the two that the guy before posted:
1 bb3(M2) 5=Suspended 2nd Triad
1 #3(P4) 5=Suspended 4th Triad

Suspended chords aren't Major or Minor.
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Quote by Zaphod_Beeblebr
Wrong. The term augmented actually refers to the fifth (and a set of stacked major thirds) and diminished refers to a set of intervals characterised by stacked minor thirds.

Half Diminished = 1 b3 b5
Diminished = 1 b3 b5 bb7
Augmented = 1 3 #5


Yeah disregard that post - I don't know quite what I was thinking, was very tired



This is correct^

What I was describing with the diminshed and augmented ones were suspensions. Sorry!
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#11
They are just degrees of that scale that combine to form a major chord.
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