What is a Music Chord & How to Build Triads & Seventh Chords?

Music Chords A music chord is a group of three of more notes played together to form one harmonic sound. Triads and Seventh Chords A triad (or tonic triad) is a chord having three notes: a root, third, and fifth notes.  The most commonly used triads are: major triad, minor triad, augmented triad and diminished triad. A seventh chord is a chord having four notes: a root, third, fifth, and seventh notes.  The most commonly used seventh chords are: major seventh chord, minor seventh chord, dominant seventh chord, half-diminished seventh chord and diminished seventh chord. The Major Triads (Major Chords) Major triads (also referred to as major chords) are constructed with the root, third (The third note of the major scale is a major third from the root.) and fifth (The fifth note of the major scale is a perfect fifth from the root.) notes of the major scales. Example: C major chord C is the root note. C – D – E – F – G – A – B – C  are the notes of the C major scale. The C major chord is made of the root, third and fifth notes of the C major scale. C – E – G are the notes of C major chord. Major chords in different keys: C major chord: C – E – G C Sharp major chord: C♯ – E♯ – G♯ D Flat major chord: D♭ – F – A♭ D major chord: D – F♯ – A E Flat […]

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