Overview of The Major Chord – Lesson 8

About Overview of The Major Chord – Lesson 8

Level: Beginner

Overview of The Major Chord – Lesson 8

In this lesson, we explain how the Major triad is constructed from a Major scale.

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Chords are the foundation of music. I am more obsessed with chords than I am with soloing because I feel that great chords give you the best opportunity for writing solos, be it vocally or on guitar. Also, studying the chords, or Harmony, of a piece of music can give you great ideas for playing solos or writing your vocal lines or Melodies because by design, they contain the most correct sounding notes to build off of.

Share with us some cool chords in the "Lesson Comments" section below. This is where even beginners have a great opportunity to share with us some great insight, especially if your demonstrations come from songwriting, or Composition as we like to call it!

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Dan Shipway
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Dan Shipway So you start at the root note and after you have played the 1st 3rd and 5th notes you then play their octaves on the remaining strings?
Daniel Phillips
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Daniel Phillips Oh my gosh! This is so awesome! I’ve played guitar acoustically at my church for years and played the chords very easily(contemporary church music is mostly just major/minor chords that are very simple) but never knew what makes a chord! Could never afford lessons, so with this formula I can take these notes and as long as they are all in the chord change my finger positions to make a different version of the chord, right?? The Haner’s are amazing 🤘🏼🤘🏼
Jak Angelescu
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Jak Angelescu So to form a major chord you need the 1,3 and 5 of the scale. We know how to make a basic C major chord. So I utilized this and asked myself what would happen and how would it sound if I used the RIGHT notes in a C chord but fingered them differently. This is a fingering I came up with... Open low E, 3rd fret A string, 2nd fret D string, 4th fret G string, open B and open high E. Now all of these are in a C major chord but it sounds haunting and eerie and not like a bright and happy C major. Why is this? Is it because you use ONLY the 1,3,5 notes in the scale to make the chord and not necessarily ALL the notes in that key signature? I hope that makes sense. Because when I wrote down the notes in that basic C major chord in this section, it is only using the notes C, E, G or the 1,3,5. Thanks!
Julius Kouva
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Julius Kouva It's because your lowest note is E, not the root note(In this case C) and B isn't a part of a C major scale. Also you're playing a B in G string and as an open string which makes it sound more eerie.
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