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Chord Table

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Triads(3-note chords)
Maj 1 3 5
min 1 b3 5
dim 1 b3 b5
aug 1 3 #5
sus2 1 2 5
sus4 1 4 5


4-note Minor Chords5-note Minor Chords
m6 1 b3 (5) 6 m6/9 1 b3 (5) 6 9
madd9 1 b3 (5) 9 m9 1 b3 (5) b7 9
m7 1 b3 (5) b7 m/maj9 1 b3 (5) 7 9
m/maj7 1 b3 (5) 7 m9b5 1 b3 b5 b7 9
4-note Major Chords5-note Major Chords
maj6 1 3 (5) 6 6/9 1 3 (5) 6 9
maj7 1 3 (5) 7 maj9 1 3 (5) 7 9
maj7#5 1 3 #5 7 maj7#11 1 3 (5) 7 #11
add 9 1 3 (5) 9 maj9sus 1 4 (5) 7 9
4-note Dominant Chords5-note Dominant Chords
7 1 3 (5) b7 9 1 3 (5) b7 9
7b5 1 3 b5 b7 9#5 1 3 #5 b7 9
7#5 1 3 #5 b7 9sus4 1 4 (5) b7 9
7sus4 1 4 (5) b7 7b9sus 1 4 (5) b7 b9
Diminished Chords 7b9 1 3 (5) b7 b9
dim 1 b3 b5 7#9 1 3 (5) b7 #9
m7b5 1 b3 b5 b7 7#11 1 3 (5) b7 #11
m9b5 1 b3 b5 b7 9 7b5b9 1 3 b5 b7 b9
dim7 1 b3 b5 bb7=6 7b5#9 1 3 b5 b7 #9
Augmented Chords 7#5#9 1 3 #5 b7 #9
aug 1 3 #5 7#5b9 1 3 #5 b7 b9
7+ 1 3 #5 b7 7b13 1 3 (5) b7 b13


6 and 7-note Chords
Minor Chords
m11 1 b3 (5) b7 (9) 11
m13 1 b3 (5) b7 (9) (11) 13
Major Chords
maj9#11 1 3 (5) 7 9 #11
maj13 1 3 (5) 7 (9) 13
maj13#11 1 3 (5) 7 (9) #11 13
Dominant Chords
9#11 1 3 (5) b7 9 #11
9b13 1 3 (5) b7 9 b13
13b9 1 3 (5) b7 b9 13
13#9 1 3 (5) b7 #9 13
13sus4 1 4 (5) b7 (9) 13
13 1 3 (5) b7 (9) 13
13#11 1 3 (5) b7 (9) #11 13
notes in parentheses ( ) are optional for all tables


General Rules the most important notes: root or 1st (= chord identity), 3rd (= quality of maj or min), and 7th (= function) the upper extensions or color tones ( = 9, 11, and 13) should always be included if indicated in chord name any altered note ( = b5, #5, b9, #9, #11, b13) ) should also be included when indicated any chord can be defined by the 1st, 3rd, 7th, upper extension, and altered note = 5 notes maximum Root or 1 can be excluded if played by Bass, so 4 notes are all you need for any big chord for 6th chords use the 6th instead of the 7th

What Strings Should Be Used? In General: Bass is king and should go on either of the bottom 2 strings ( string 6 or string 5) the 3 or 7 ( or 6) go on either of the middle strings ( string 4 or string 3) upper extensions and altered notes go on top 2 strings ( string 2 and string 1) remember: this is not written in stone, experimentation can lead to good things

Least Important Notes: G13 chord example G13 = 1_3_5_b7_9_11_13 = G_B_D_F_A_C_E = 7 notes = chordscale 5 = first note to go because it doesn't define the chord (1_5 = P5 = is the same in all chords) 11 = next to go because it clashes with the 3rd 9 = next to go, it only adds color G13 = 1_3_b7_13 where1_3= M3rd1_b7= m73_b7 = TRITONE 1_13 = M13 = upper extension called for in chord name