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Piano for Beatmakers – #005 – How Chords Work

Piano for Beatmakers – #005 – How Chords Work

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Onto lesson number five inside our Piano for Beatmakers email series!

I’ve just copied + pasted this one from the email:

(Watch the video to see the difference between major and minor chords.)

From what I’ve read..

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

(I say from what I’ve read because some forums argued two or more.. that’s just food for thought – let’s go with three okay? 😉 ).

Now when we play these three notes together, it’s called a Triad.

So when we talk about a Major or Minor chord.. what does this mean?

A really common saying is Major is happy and Minor is sad.

I tend to disagree a little bit with this – I get into more details inside the Piano for Beatmakers course.

But long story short, all major scales have an opposite minor scale.  And all minor scales have an opposite major scale.

So in my opinion, it’s just how you play the chords to create that happy or sad song.

Okay, so whats the difference between a major and minor chord?

It’s just the placement of your third finger.

So on your hand, starting from your thumb to your pinky finger, it goes:

  1. Thumb
  2. Index
  3. Middle
  4. Ring
  5. Pinky

When I’m talking your third, I’m talking your middle finger.

On a major chord, there are THREE NOTES between your first and third.

On a minor chord, there are only TWO NOTES between your first and third.

Remember, your third is your middle finger and depending on how many notes are between your first (thumb) and middle finger (third) is what type of chord you’re playing.

A bit confusing at first, but really easy once you get it!

But.. just because you have a general idea of major vs. minor chords now.. it really doesn’t help you out much because we need to talk about scales next.

This will tell you what chords you’re allowed to play, and from there you can start to discover different chord progressions.

This is the eye-opening experience I had.

In our next email, we will discuss the scale of C Major.

It’s the best place to start because it’s all white notes, and therefore super easy to understand.

Don’t miss the next email – join the free Piano for Beatmakers email series.

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GratuiTous is a Christian music producer striving to perfect his skills as a beatmaker, mixer, and mastering engineer. His articles strive to keep things simple, yet touch on the topic complex enough to have a decent understanding. He also releases FL Studio email series!

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