Wednesday, February 27, 2008

7th chords


Often you will see chords like Cmaj7 or Cm7 and etc.

Basically they are just chords with a 7th note.

As we already know, chords are formed by 1+3+5.

A Major 7th chord will be 1+3+5+7.
E.g Cmaj7 - C + E + G + B

For Minor 7th chord, it will be 1+b3+5+b7
E.g Cm7 - C + Eb + G+ Bb

For Dominant 7th chord, it will be 1+3+5+b7
E.g C7 - C E G Bb

How about Sus 7th chord? It will be 1 +4+5+b7
E.g C7sus - C F G Bb

Trying adding the 7th to your chord now. :)

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Chords from Major Scale


Chords are 2 or more notes pressed together simultaneously.

From the major scales, we can form 7 basic chords.

Let's take a look at the notes in the C major scale: C D E F G A B C

To form a basic chord, we can press the 1 and the 3 together.

If 1 = C ,E will be 3, we get a C chord.

Now we move to D. If D= 1 , F = 3, that is a Dm chord.

Next, E=1 than 3 must be G, that is a Em chord.

F=1, A=3, we get a F chord.

G=1, B=3, we get a G chord.

A=1, C= 3, that is a Am chord.

B=1, D=3, a Bm chord is formed.

The basic chords in a C major scales are: C Dm Em F G Am Bm C.

Some people play it this way: Cmaj7 Dm7 Em7 Fmaj7 G7 Am7 Bm7(b5) Cmaj7.

Have fun.