Chords are built up of multiple notes that are placed at various intervals. This lesson demystifies how chords are built in the major scale, and how to understand the intervals. This is a universal core musical concept that is true of all genres and styles of music.
- You are doing great work developing your mental and intellectual aspect as a singer and a vocalist. Very good work. And we're going to continue that right now with a couple of lessons that explore chords and intervals. We have talked about them, we have used them and now we are literally going to spell them out so that you can identify them on a keyboard and you can also train your ears to hear them and identify them just by listening.
So we're going to start building what are called major triads, or major chords. They're called triads because they are three-note chords. One, two, three. So we're going to start in the key of C and we're going to build a major C chord. A major C triad, or three-note chord. We build a major triad by starting with the root or the one of the scale which is the C. And the five, one, two, three four, five, which is the note G in the key of C.
So we start with the root and the fifth and we fill in the middle with what's called a major third. That means an interval that is one, two, three, four half-steps, or a major third. So here's the one, two, three and the four, five. The first, the third and the fifth note of the scale.
That's what makes a major triad. One, three, five. It's major because that third falls in the major scale. That's a major triad. So we just built a major triad on the middle C. So that's a C major. Now we're going to build a major triad on an F. C, D, E, F.
What do we look for first? We look for the fifth note. One, two, three, four, five. So we have the F and the C. And we're going to fill it in with a major third in the middle. So, F, G, A is the major third above F. One, three, five, that's an F major chord. Here's the C major, C E G Here's the F major, F A C Now we're going to build a G major chord.
So here's the root, G. Where's the fifth? One, two, three, four, five, that's the D. We have the root and the fifth, now we're going to fill it in with that major third, one, two, three so we have G, A and D. That's a G major chord. So C major F major G major You can already play a bunch of songs with those three chords, balalalabamba Balalalabamba se necesita una poca de gracia.
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Note: This course was recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We're pleased to host this training in our library.
- Understanding scales, chords, and intervals
- Range and register
- Ear training
- Warming up your voice and body
- Building a warm-up routine
- Using yoga for the practice and performance of singing
- Shaping your vocal sound