Posted Nov 25, 2013 02:15 PM
Note: I could easily explain you all the theory from the beginning, but let's just say you already know basic music theory. If you don't know what intervals are you should probably look it up or ask me to do a lesson about this matter.
Chords are a compilation of 3 or more notes that are played at the same time. You could actually also just have a chord fingering and play notes one by one. But this would only be a chord fingering and it would not actually be a chord that is played. You could also confuse chords with arpeggios depending on how you play them.
Today we are going to look at very basic chords; triads.
You probably already know the basic chords and how to play them. But do you understand what you are actually playing?
Chords can be played in many different ways, beginning with the root note or with inversions.
Here are the basic triads:
Major, Minor, Diminished and Augmented.
And here is how you build them.
Major: Root note, Major third and perfect fifth.
Minor: Root note, minor third and perfect fifth.
Diminished: Root note, minor third and Diminished fifth.
Augmented: Root note, Major third and augmented fifth.
You can also think about these chords in a different way.
Putting thirds on top of each other. All of them obviously have a root note.
Major: Major third and minor third.
Minor: Minor third and Major third.
Diminished: Minor third and minor third.
Augmented: Major third and Major third.
If you understand this basic chord construction you will be able to move away from the basic chord fingerings and make your own chord fingerings and make them sound more interesting.
In the future I will refer to Major and minor with M (Major) and m (minor). Intervals will also be in numbers and not written down in words. So if I write M6 you should know that I am referring to a Major sixth. For diminished and augmented I will use dim (diminished) and aug (augmented).
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