Major chord

The major chord – construction, intervals, symbols and examples.

The major chord is a triad and consists of the first, third and fifth notes of the major scale.

More about major triads:

Major chord chart

Examples of major chords. Chord chart with some examples of common major chords for the guitar. Major chord diagrams.

Major chord intervals

The intervals a major chord are built of.

Intervals of the major chord: perfect unison, major third, perfect fifth.

Chord formula: 1, 3, 5.

Major chord symbols

The chord symbols of the major chord.

Symbols: The major chord is the one chord type that does not need a symbol.

Examples: A, C, E.

Major chord construction

Construction of the major triad.

The major triad is built of the intervals a major third + a minor third.

When building a major triad chord we pick every other note in the major scale.

  • The major scale intervals: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 ,7.
  • The major chord intervals: 1, 3, 5.

Construction of the C major triad

The C Major scale consists of the notes C D E F G A B and thus the C major triad is built of the notes C, E and G.

  • The interval distance between the notes C and E is a major third (3).
  • The interval distance between the notes E and G is a minor third (b3).
  • The interval distance between the notes C och G is a perfect fifth (5).