Guitar Chord Theory: How to Build a Major Chord Part 1
Chords provide accompaniment and support for melodies.
There are many different types of chords. The most common are called triads.
A triad is a chord that contains three different notes.
To understand how chords are built, we return to the major scale.
Take the first, third and fifth notes from the C major scale and you will have a C major chord.
When you take 1-3-5 from the major scale you have a major triad.
The C major triad consists of C-E-G.
Let’s look at another example.
G major: Formula -> 1 3 5
Take the first, third and fifth notes out of the G major scale.
Therefore the notes in a G major chord are:
G B D
1 3 5
In our next tutorial, we will look at how to build major chords on the guitar fretboard.
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