Chord Construction - C Major

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Chord Construction - C Major

Post by Cfgk24 » Sat Apr 16, 2011 5:38 pm

Let's construct a chord using the Key of C - the Scale of C Major - Ionian Mode

The notes in the Key of C Major are:

C D E F G A B C


Construct a chord from the the Tonic - C

Take the 1st, 3rd and 5th Note

These are C E and G

Play them simultaneously (Easier to program on M01 lol) and:

This is the C Major Chord.


Now Construct a chord from the Note F using the same principle:

1st, 3rd, 5th
F A C -
This is F Major

Now Construct a G major chord from the G
1st, 3rd, 5th
G B D
This is G Major


These 3 chords are the Major chords in the key of C - the I, IV and V chords
These are the chords used in the '3 Chord Trick

You can construct chords from the other degrees of the scale but these will not be 'Major'

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Re: Chord Construction - C Major

Post by DS-10 Dominator » Mon May 30, 2011 3:31 pm

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Re: Chord Construction - C Major

Post by Absintize » Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:46 am

Could you continue this section about chords?
speaking of other types of chords but most important on the concept of chord progressions and why some chords give that flavour to the music instead than another :)
That would be amazingly useful!!

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Re: Chord Construction - C Major

Post by 8-bot » Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:45 pm

About major chords... I make them this way:

For example, for Mayor C chord:
We take C, the we add four semitones (half-steps) and take that note (it would be E in this case). Then, we add three semitones and use that note too. So it would be C - E - G.

This way, you can make chord using sharp and flat notes with ease.

That's the way I know, please tell me if I'm wrong x'D

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Re: Chord Construction - C Major

Post by Absintize » Thu Nov 10, 2011 7:42 am

yeah that's right, in fact, if you see E is the major third of C and G is the Fifth. So it has to be right.
Always think of what place a note take in the scale which you're referring to (C major in this case)

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Re: Chord Construction - C Major

Post by Cfgk24 » Wed Nov 30, 2011 9:05 pm

Try this -

Make a C minor chord ( Cm)

use C Eb and G

The distance between C and Eb is a minor 3rd

Note that Eb is the same note as D sharp . . . .

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Re: Chord Construction - C Major

Post by Decktonic » Fri Dec 02, 2011 3:05 am

Could you share examples of more chord progressions?

What would they look like in another major key? In a minor key?
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Re: Chord Construction - C Major

Post by Cfgk24 » Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:47 pm

Please see the Chord Progression topic . . . :D

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Re: Chord Construction - C Major

Post by ugocapeto » Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:20 pm

When you use a step sequencer like the ds-10, building chords is about as easy as it gets since you need only to know how to count and, of course, the "spacing" of the notes in whatever chord you want to build (number of half-steps, if you will).

you want to build a major chord? easy peasy. put the root (more exactly, the tonic) wherever, then go up 4 half-steps and then another 3 (or 7 from the tonic). That degrees 1,3,5 if you want to tie it to music theory. Remember that each grid cell on the sequencer is a half-step. similar things for minor, augmented, diminished.

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