Chord FAQS

  1. What Is a Chord?
  2. What Types of Chords Will We Learn About?
  3. On What Aspects of Chords Will We be Tested?
  4. How do you turn a minor chord (or triad) into a major chord using an accidental?

  1. What is a chord?
  2. A chord is comprised of 3 notes: a root, a third, and a fifth.

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  3. What types of chords must we know about?
  4. The two types of chords we will learn about are major and minor chords.

    Major Chords
    A major chord has a major third interval between the root and the third of the chord.
    Minor Chords
    A minor chord has a minor third interval between the root and the third of the chord.
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  5. On What Aspects of Chords Will We be Tested?
  6. Each student will be tested on their ability to spell them and identify them.

    Spell Them

    Be able to spell the following major or minor chords: C Major, C Minor, D Major, D Minor, E Major, E Minor, F Major, F Minor, G Major, G Minor, A Major, A minor.

    For example, a C Major chord is spelled "C,E,G."

    Identify Them

    Be able to identify a major or minor chord and identify which is the root, the third, and the fifth of the chord. For example, if a chord is spelled "F,A,C," you should know that the chord is an F Major chord, and that the root is F, the third is A, and the fifth is C.

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  7. How do you turn a minor chord (or triad) into a major chord using an accidental?
  8. If the minor chord is E minor, it would be spelled E,G,B. There is now a minor third between the E and the G (the root and the third). There is also a major third between the G and the B (the third and the fifth). This is therefore a minor triad. If you add a sharp in front of the G, you now have a chord spelled E,G#,B. This changes the root and the third relationship to a major third, and the third and the fifth relationship to a minor third. This is now therefore a major triad. Therefore, we have changed the chord from a minor to a major by adding an accidental.

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