Chord Spelling - An Alternate Approach
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The quickest and most directly way to determine the chord tones of any chord are to use the scale degrees of its corresponding major scale.
For a major triad the chord tones are the 1st, 3rd and 5th scale degrees of a major scale starting on the root of the chord you're using to determine the chord tomes. For a minor triad you simply flat the 3rd.
For a C major chord the 1st, 3rd, and 5th of the C major scale ( C D E F G A B C ) are the C E and G. For C minor it's C Eb and G.
An alternate approach to determining the chord tones of any chord. Bottom-line is, it's the notes that make the chord, not the shape. A C chord is C, E, G - NOT this or that shape.
By memorizing one sequence of notes, your major scales and a few chord building rules we can learn the notes, to spell ANY chord.
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