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Major chords and where they come from for guitar players.

Chords are three or more notes played together (two notes played together is called an interval).

Lets take the C major chord as an example.

The notes in the C major scale are;

C      D      E      F           A      B      C       lets give each  note in the scale a number.

1       2            4            6      7      8

All major chords contain 3 notes (often with a guitar chord you are playing all six strings when you strum a chord but that just means some / or all of the 3 notes in that chord are being played on more than one string).

If you take the  1, 3 & 5 notes from the major scale then you will have the three notes needed for the C major chord ir. C   E   G.

NOW HERE IS THE IMPORTANT BIT. You can use the same idea to work out any major chord.

For example.

The A major scale is

A      B      Csharp How to Read Music   Definitions to Help You Learn    D      E      Fsharp How to Read Music   Definitions to Help You Learn    Gsharp How to Read Music   Definitions to Help You Learn    A

1        2      3        4      5      6         7         8

So if we take the 1,3 & 5 notes we get the three notes needed for the A major chord (A      Csharp How to Read Music   Definitions to Help You Learn     E).

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