Archive | Chords

C major chord variations

Chord variations per scale degree for the key of C. I ii iii IV V vi vii°       For the key of C…

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Drop Notes

When you start ‘adding‘ or ‘extending‘ chords into a 2nd octave (other than duplicating a note from the first octave) a couple of problems become…

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Chord Names

Chord names can be a really confusing aspect of music theory because there is almost always more than one correct name for a chord and…

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Barre (bar) Chords

In addition to ‘open’ chords where some of the chord notes come from strings that are not fretted by a finger, bar (actually, it’s BARRE)…

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Chords by key

The major keys of C and G lend themselves to open chords; whereas D and A use a single barre chord.  E, B and F#…

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Add Chords

An ‘add’ chord is simply a TRIAD with an added note.  The added note can occur within the triad, making it an ‘add2’ or ‘add4’,…

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Chord Interval Patterns

Here is a handy list of CHORD INTERVAL patterns. TRIADS MAJOR 0, 4, 7 (R, M3, m3) (1, 3, 5) minor 0, 3, 7 (R,…

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Suspended Triads

Suspended (AKA sus) triads are similar to MAJOR triads but instead of using stacked MAJOR and minor 3rds, they use stacked MAJOR 2nds and PERFECT…

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Tetrachords

TETRACHORDS (tetra is Greek for 4) consist of 4 note groups and are the fundamental building blocks of  KEYS. This page contains the following sections:…

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7th Chords

7th chords are built from TRIADS and are the chords most people associate with a fuller, richer sounding harmony.  They are extremely common in modern…

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