4 Basic Chord

admin · May 19, 2018, 7:41 p.m.
One of the most basic structures in music are chords. Chords create harmonies with various tones and are typically composed ones, thirds, and fifths. There are four basic chords that this lesson will discuss. Major chords, minor chords, diminished and power chords are what we shall discuss. The first three have a third while the fourth: power chords are just first and fifths with no third interval. Major chords use the intervals 1, 3, and 5. Minor Chords use the 1, b3 and 5 intervals. Diminished Chords utilize 1, b3, and 5 intervals. When playing the modes with chords, one would use major chords for Ionian, Lydian and Mixolydian; while using minor chords for Dorian, Phrygian, and Aeolian, while playing a diminished chord for Locrian. By not having a third interval, power chords are used for a lot of rock songs and can be an interesting choice when composing something to listen to.

C Major Across Fret Board

admin · May 19, 2018, 7:41 p.m.
Another common chord that is frequently used in a lot of music is the Major Chord. Since there are 12 different notes, there are 12 different major Chords. Rather than illustrate all 12 different major chords, we just illustrate the C Major Chord. Other major chords would have the exact same structure but just up or down a fret or few from C. If we were to play the modes with chords, we would use major chords for the Ionian, Lydian and Mixolydian modes. Of the common interval patterns discussed in other sections, 1, 4, and 5, usually have a major chord—unless of course one might be using power chords. The C Major Chord lesson is taxonomied in the earlier sections from the Beginner Taxonomy, in the Nominal Section of the Information Hierarchy Taxonomy and in the 4 Basic Chord Section for the Efficiency Taxonomy

C Minor Across Fret Board

admin · May 19, 2018, 7:42 p.m.
Minor chords are another common chord that we shall discuss in this learn guitar series. As an example we will discuss where C minor chords occur in standard tuning across the fret board. As opposed to the the major chord the 3 is instead a b3 in minor chords, which similarly have a 1 and 5 interval in common with major chords. This lesson was taxonomied into the Nominal section for the Information Hierarchy Taxonomy. This is because it is just basic information and simply just the names given to a certain tone structure—now of course these classifications may be somewhat if not entirely arbitrary, and future iterations may try to address this and make the taxonomy more coherent and logically consistent. The C Minor Chord Section is categorized into the learning basic chord area of the Efficiency Taxonomy. If you were to play the modes with chords, you would use minor chords for Dorian, Phrygian and Aeolian.

C Diminished Across Fret Board

admin · May 19, 2018, 7:43 p.m.
Major chords and minor chords sound great and sound really cool when playing the modes. But neither really works for the Locrian mode. Instead for Locrian what sound’s right is the diminished chord which has a 1 like the major chord and a b3 like a minor chord, but unlike both the major and minor chord, instead of having a 5, it has a b5. The b5 sounds great and is what the Mode has. This lesson is categorized into the Nominal Section and the 4 Basic Chords Section for the Information Hierarchy Taxonomy and the Efficiency Taxonomy respectively. Diminished chords sound a little more dissonant than major and minor chords but have their value. When exploring minor harmonic scales diminished chords can sound pretty cool as we will eventually see. A cool interval pattern is 1 7 6, for the 7, (Locrian), one could play a diminished chord, it is an interesting descending sound structure.

C Power Across Fret Board

admin · May 19, 2018, 7:44 p.m.
C Power chords as laid out across the fret board shown in the video is composed of one less tone that minor, major and even diminished chords. Power chords are just 1s and 5s, the 3s are not a part. Power chords are used in a lot of rock and pop and lacking the 3, they have a much fuller sounds than just a 1, but have less definition avoiding the third tone which is usually indicative of major or minor tones. Discussing basic chords would be missing something without discussing the common power chord. Ultimately one can get into theory a ton, but it really comes down to a feel and how do the tones as sensed by ears make us feel inside and out. Sometimes one might be playing something that sounds pretty cool and they could get into all the theory and underlying structure but then it might change how we look at the thing in reference.

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