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Basic Chord Construction

Comparing major and minor chords

No matter what major scale that you build chords from, the order of major, minor and diminished chords remains the same.

Major... Minor... Minor... Major... Major... Minor... Diminished

So the chords built from the D major scale are as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

D major scale = D E F# G A B C# D

Chords in D = D Em F#m G A Bm C#o

# = sharp...equal to one fret higher on the guitar
b = flat...equal to one fret lower on the guitar

 


Looking at the D major scale, you can start to see what the difference between a major and minor chord is.

A D major chord is made up of the notes D, F#, and A. And a D minor chord has the notes D, F and A.


D E F#G A B C# D --> D major scale
|___|___| = D (D major chord)

 

C D E F G A B C --> C major scale
  |___|___| = Dm (D minor chord)

 

Page 3, Applying the theory to the neck of the guitar

Page 5, Chord formulas


Basic chord construction jump zone

Building chords from the major scale
Basic triads built from the C major scale
Applying the theory to the neck of the guitar
Comparing major and minor chords
Chord formulas




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