Learn How to Make Chords
If you want to learn how to make chords, the best place to start
is the major scale
. Take a
look at this scale - it's the C major scale.
You can make chords by combining
the different notes of
playing them together.
If you take the 1st, 3rd and 5th notes of this scale (or any scale) you
get a major chord. The notes here are C E G.
Each type of
chord has a title and a formula or pattern. They are based on the major
scale. You can read about what the titles
mean on the Chord
If you work off of a major scale you
can make any chord
. If you need to
make a minor chord or a 7th chord, you follow the same process.
With a minor chord, you must lower the 3rd note of the scale by one
semi-tone. So instead of "C E G" you play "C Eb G".
Note that you must change the notes of the major scale.
The same thing
happens with a 7th chord. With this chord you must use the 1st, 3rd,
5th and 7th notes of the scale. You must lower the 7th note by one
The notes are C E G Bb.
Here's the step by step
approach for how to make chords:
1. Look at or choose a root
Our example was C. It is the first note in the chord. It can include a
sharp or flat.
2. Look (or think about) the
scale for that root note.
You can see the major
3. Figure out what the chord
title is telling you to do.
Learn the formula for that particular chord. Figure out what notes in
the scale you should play.
You can find help here on the Read
Piano Chords page also.
4. Apply the formula
to the notes of the scale.
5. Play the
Once you play chords for a little while you won't even have to think
about all of this. You'll remember what they are easily and just play
them. If you learn how to make chords you can eventually figure any
If you want a complete course in chords, check out Power Piano Chords. It teaches chords from basic to advanced to chord progressions.
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