Chord Spelling - An Alternate Approach

An alternate approach to determining the chord tones of any chord.

Published: Mar 15, 2007 Updated: Jan 31, 2017

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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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