CHORD NAME FINDER

MAJOR CHORDS

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and make you feel like
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Explanation of Table Colors:


xyz Chord Tones: 1 = tonic, 2 = 2nd, b3 = Minor 3rd etc
xyz Basic Chord Tone: ie 2-3 = must be part of a 2 or 3 note chord
xyz Alternate Basic Chord Tone: ie 4-5 = can be part of a 4 or 5 note chord.
xyz Added Tension: ie 5-6 = appears in 5 or 6 note harmonies.
xyz Rarely Added Tension: creates clash or negates basic chord purpose.

PLEASE NOTE: All examples are based on the bass/root note "F".

Voicings are mainly in close position but can of course be used in many different ways.

Audio plays chords from left to right, once arpeggiated without bass note and then as written.


MAJOR CHORDS:
Minimum notes required for identification of sound: 2 | maximum up to 7
Chord Symbol variations used: Major 7th: small triangle (see below), the letter "M", the word "Maj" and sometimes a European 7 with a line through it.
Scale for Impro: Ionian & Lydian
CHORD TONES   chordArrow
1235 679#11
2-3 4 2-3 3 4-5 4-5 5-6 6-7
Major Chords NamingTable

MAJOR CHORDS with b5
Minimum notes required for identification of sound: 3 | maximum up to 6
Chord Symbol variations used: Same as the major chord plus tension (b5) but, unlike the #11 version (see above), without the option of using the natural 5th.
I don't like the use of the minus sign in place of the flat, it is confusing.
Scale for Impro: Lydian
CHORD TONES   chordArrow
13b56 79
3 3 3 4-5 4-5 5-6
Major Chords NamingTable

MAJOR CHORDS with sus4
Minimum notes required for identification of sound: 3 | maximum up to 6
Chord Symbol variations used: Same as the major chord but using the 4th instead of the 3rd and adding (sus4).
This chord is a bit clustery in close position and can be named in other ways also (C7/F).
Scale for Impro: Ionian (avoid 3rd)
CHORD TONES   chordArrow
1456 79
3 3 3 4-5 4-5 5-6
Major Chords NamingTable

AUGMENTED MAJOR CHORDS
Minimum notes required for identification of sound: 3 | maximum up to 5 (6)
Chord Symbol variations used: Used in jazz frequently but can also be a nice variation to the straight major chord. Since, without the bass/root, the other 3 or 4 notes form a triad or Dom7th chord it is frequently also named ie: A/F or A7/F (see below).
Scale for Impro: Melodic Minor built on the 6th step, in this case D Mel. Minor.
CHORD TONES   chordArrow
13#57 9#11
3 3 3 4 5 6
Major Chords NamingTable

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