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Chord Construction - 3 Note Chords - Part 1


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Major and minor
chord formulas

major chord formula = 1 3 5
minor chord formula = 1 b3 5

So again, the chord formula is just how the notes of a particular chord relate to a major scale with the same root. Below you can see a C major scale, and how the notes of a C major chord relate to that. Then you see the notes of a C minor chord, and how those notes relate to the C major scale.

Major

C  D  E  F  G  A  B  C - C major scale
1  2  3  4  5  6  7  1 - Scale degrees
C     E     G - C major chord
1     3     5 - major chord formula


Minor

C  D  E  F  G  A  B  C - C major scale
1  2  3  4  5  6  7  1 - Scale degrees
C     Eb    G - C minor chord
1    b3     5 - minor chord formula


Page 2, Comparing major and minor chords

Page 4, Applying the formula to the neck


Lesson Jump Zone

Intro to 3 note chords
Comparing major and minor chords
Major and minor chord formula
Applying the formula to the neck
Chord formulas for augmented, diminished, sus2, and sus4 chords



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