Chord construction

A chord is a group of three or more notes played at the same time.

Here you’ll learn how to construct chords. Chord construction abilities is a great help when you play, for example, the guitar.

What is a chord?

A brief and concise description of what a chord is.

  • A chord is made up of three or more notes.
  • Different combinations of notes forms different types of chords.
  • That is, if the intervals between the note changes, the type of chord played changes.
  • A basic chord with three notes is called a triad.
  • There are four types of triads – major, minor, augmented, diminished.
  • A major chord always consists of three notes taken from the major scale.
  • A major triad has the chord formula 1, 3, 5. This means that the intervals in a major chord are unison (1), major third (3) and perfect fifth (5), wich also happens to be the first, third and fifth notes of the major scale.
  • The commonly used C-chord is a triad of type major that consists of the notes C, E, G, that is, the first, third and fifth note of the C-major scale.
  • A chord played one note at a time is called an arpeggio.