Music chords are one of the major building blocks of music. Chords belong to a group of musical elements called Harmony.
Harmony in music is created when two or more notes are played together, a chord is created when three or more notes are played simultaneously.
With these basic music theory lessons you will learn from scratch how a chord is built, modified, inverted, and analyzed.
There is also an introduction to the study of Harmony, where you will see some confidence boosting results of what a humble little chord, or even better; a progression of chords can do!
Music chords are so useful that, simply put, with your own little melody and some chords that fit; there is no limit to the kind of compositions you could make!
Triads are three note chords. There are four types of triads. They all have a very individual color and expressive quality. And you need only change one note a half step up or down!
The four types of triads are:
Triads are built with intervals of thirds stacked on top of each other. The different types of triads are built in this order (from bottom up):
Adding more notes to the basic triad gives you many beautiful harmonies to play with (!). By adding more thirds on top we get:
And since we have only 7 different pitches in a major or minor scale- the 13th chord is using all the notes possible in a scale!
Now the fun starts! Let’s twist and turn those chords into new shapes! Inversions simply use the same notes as the basic chord in root position, but in a different order.
Here we will look at the relationships between the chords. Yes! Actually, when chords are played together they start sounding different than when they are played alone. A very fascinating subject indeed…
Did you ever wonder how to put chords to a melody? Here is a very easy lesson on how to add great sounding harmonies to a little tune. Ah, did I mention it is easy? Have a look:
This is fun! Find or write a melody. Add some suitable chords. Now write the concoction for four or more instruments….
You will begin to feel the power of being able to compose your own music!