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Chord Spelling - Triads

by Curt Sheller, Curt Sheller Publications

This lesson presents the traditional approach for learning the chord tones of chords with a little twist to make it a bit easier.

A Chord is three or more notes sounded simultaneously. The minimum number of notes required for a chord are three. These three note chords are called triads. Two notes are usually referred to as an interval or dyad. Each note of a chord is called a chord tone.

A chord is a chord, regardless of what instrument it is being played on or whether all the notes are played together, as single notes or even on the different instruments.

Chord Building and Spelling?

The best way to get the chord tones of any chord are to take the scale degrees of a major scale. For a major triad the scale degrees are the 1st, 3rd and 5th scale degrees. For a minor triad flat the 3rd.

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