HOW ARE CHORDS CONSTRUCTED? MAJOR AND MINOR CHORD CONSTRUCTION





Hello everyone, This blog post about how major and minor chords are constructed. Let us first understand the basic definition of chords. A chord is formed when 3 or more notes are played together. Understanding chords is the most important ritual one needs to understand western harmony. To understand chords, a basic knowledge of Major Scale is essential.

To begin with, we focus on Major and Minor Chords mainly.


In this blog, we had discussed the formation of major scale. Using that formulae, let us now construct a major chord -


A major chord is formed using the Root, 3rd and 5th note of the major scale. Let us take an example of forming an A-major chord-


Step 1: Write Down A major Scale

A B C# D E F# G# A

Step 2: Identify (R, 3, 5 ) of the major scale

A B C# D E F# G# A -- > (A, C#, E)

Step 3: Find the notes (A, C#, E ) on the guitar fretboard and play them together



A major chord on the fretboard

Now let us see how a minor chord is constructed -



A minor chord is formed using the Root, Flat of 3rd and 5th note of the major scale. Let us take an example of forming an A-minor chord-

Step 1: Write Down A major Scale

A B C# D E F# G# A

Step 2: Identify (R, b3, 5 ) of the major scale

A B C# D E F# G# A -- > (A, C, E)

Note that 3rd degree is C#, so ‘b3’ is C

Step 3: find the notes (A, C, E ) on the guitar fretboard and play them together



A minor chord on the fretboard

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