Chords

Chord formation; types of chords; chord extensions; triads; clusters; chord by fourths; chords by seconds

chord extensions

Chord Extensions

     In this post I will be showing you how to make chords with extensions and how to read them. You will also find a table with examples of common chord extensions, that you are likely to come across, together… Read More »Chord Extensions

split chords

Split Chords

     As it may happen with polychords, split chords may also imply polytonality. This type of chord is usually a chord built in thirds to which a change is made to one of its chord members and added to it.      Those… Read More »Split Chords

drop chord voicings

Drop Chord Voicings

     “Drop” is a name that describes how a chord was derived from another chord. These chords are usually, but not limited to, seventh chords that are built by dropping the second highest note of that chord one octave down –… Read More »Drop Chord Voicings

chord voicings

Chord Voicings

      It is related to the way the notes of the chord are distributed or spaced. A chord may be executed in close position (the most compact voicing), or in open position (wider spacing):      We are always referring to the same… Read More »Chord Voicings

chords

Chords

     A chord is a group of three or more notes played simultaneously that form the basis for harmony. Such notes come from the scale material we are using, or to which the chord notes relate to. In order to form… Read More »Chords

intervals in music

Intervals

     In music, an interval is the relative distance between two notes that can be measured in tones or steps and, in the equal temperament system that uses twelve notes, the smallest measurable unit is a half-step or a half-tone. The… Read More »Intervals

neapolitan chords

Neapolitan Chords

 A Neapolitan chord is a major chord built on the flattened second scale degree (the super-tonic) of a major or minor scale. For example, the Neapolitan chord in the key of C major, or minor, would be a Db major chord. These chords often resolve… Read More »Neapolitan Chords