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Major Scale Chord Harmony

PJ Labinski (105) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 110
Pages: 1 2

Using the C major scale, you can build a chord from each note in the scale (C D E F G A B). Chords are built using the 1st, 3rd, and 5th note of the scale (starting with the root note of the chord). Our first chord would then use the notes C, E, and G. The notes C and E are a major third apart, and G is a perfect fifth, therefore it is a major chord.

The second chord would use the notes D, F, and A. D to F is a minor third, and D to A is a perfect fifth. This creates a minor chord.

If you continue, these chords will form a pattern that will be the same for any major scale. The chords will be: Maj, Min, Min, Maj, Maj, Min, Dim.

Notice the last chord: B, D, and F. B to D is a minor third, and B to F is a diminished fifth. Hence, a diminished chord.

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Notice I used different chord voicings in the tab than the ones used in the chord diagrams.
Major Scale Chord Harmony