What is a Chord – A Detailed Explanation


Q: What is a Chord ?

A: A chord is usually defined as 3 or more notes pressed / played simultaneously.

let’s see some example of ¢hords.

Look at the picture of C Major-¢hord, this ¢hord uses three notes from C Major scale that's C, E, and G. If you notice these notes are 1st degree, 3rd degree and the 5th degree from the  C Major Scale. You can use 1st, 3rd and 5th fingers to play this ¢hord. Also, notice that this ¢hord uses all white notes. Now go to your Piano and play this ¢hord with your hand and try and remember its shape and sound.

 

C Major Chord Piano

 

Now look at the picture of C Minor ¢hord, this ¢hord uses three notes from C Minor scale that's C, Eb, and G. Again if you notice these notes are 1st degree, 3rd degree and the 5th degree from the  C Minor Scale. You can use 1st, 3rd and 5th fingers to play this ¢hord. Also, notice that this ¢hord uses 2 white notes at the edge and one black note in middle. Now go to your Piano and play this ¢hord with your hand and try and remember its shape and sound.

C Minor Chord Piano

Let's look at the picture of D Maj7 ¢hord, this ¢hord uses four notes from D Major scale that's D, F#, A, and Db. In this case, these notes are 1st degree, 3rd degree, 5th degree and the 7th degree from the  D Major scale. You can use 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th fingers to play this ¢hord. Now go to your Piano and play this ¢hord with your hand and try and remember its shape and sound.

D Maj7 ¢hord

D Maj7 Chord

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