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How Chords are Made Theory (part8)

Updated: Mar 20

Now that you understand the relation between notes i.e. half steps, whole steps and you understand what a major scale is

W W H W W W H 

You can easily see how to make

Basic chords are called triads meaning three notes… a quick explanation would be taking the C major scale (which has no sharps or flats). so it's:

C D E F G A B C

If we take the first third and fifth note of that scale we have a C major chord = C E G

We will study why later but for you to have a quick grasp of useful theory we will skip those details for now.

We have seven chords because we have seven notes to make a triad from and this scale produces:

CEG

DFA

EGB

FAC

GBD

ACE

BDF

Instead of the details you should memorize the seven chords of the major scale.

Major

Minor

Minor

Major

Major

Minor 

Diminished

So in the key of C we have:

C major

D minor

E minor

F major

G major

A minor

B diminished

This applies to all major scales

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