Complex chords: does the construction depend on scale degree?



Asked by: Danny Rogers

Do chords depend on the scale?





“Chords have different notes on different scales” is not true. (It’s sometimes true that we might give the same chord different names in different keys though). But “different scales (or keys) have different chords” is true.

Are all chords based on the major scale?

All chords, by the way, are drawn from the major scales, versus from the minor, pentatonic, blues, or diminished scales. Thus, the notes for the minor chord in the C Major scale are……..” Even your example, of a minor tonic, requires a note not in the major scale.

Can Triads be built on any scale degree?

DO لی Page 2 Triads can be built on all the degrees of the scale. The quality of the triad built on a given degree of any major scale is constant. For example, the triad built on the third degree of a major scale will always be minor; a triad built on the fifth degree will always be major.

What is the relationship between chords and scales?

Scales and chords are interrelated. There are two sides of the same coin. A scale is a horizontal representation of a particular collection of notes and is built up in 2nds; A chord is a vertical representation of that same collection of notes and is built in 3rds.

How are chords built?





A chord is a combination of three or more notes. Chords are built off of a single note, called the root. In this lesson, we will discuss triads. They are created with a root, third, and fifth.

What do you call the chord in the 5th degree of the scale?

Scale Degrees. Each note of a scale has a special name, called a scale degree. The first (and last) note is called the tonic. The fifth note is called the dominant. The fourth note is called the subdominant.

Which chords go with which scales?

31.10. 1 List of Chord-Scale Relationships

CHORD CORRESPONDING SCALE(S)
C C Octatonic Whole-Half
Cm C melodic minor ascending
Cm C Dorian or C melodic minor ascending
C C Mixolydian

What quality 7 chord is built on the 7th degree of a major scale?

half-diminished seventh chord

A half-diminished seventh chord is a seventh chord built from the seventh degree of a major scale.



How are chords formed in a major scale?


You use the first the root. The third and the fifth step of every scale makes a chord.

What is a scale relationship?

The ‘chord / scale relationship’ is used to identify scales or modes that can be used to improvise, or create melodies, over a chord or chord progression.

What comes first chords or scales?

You need the note to build the scale. You need the scale to build the chords. Once you can visualize that, you have something to grow on. So, having a note is easy but as soon as you add another note to it, things get more complex.



Should I learn keys or scales first?

Master The Majors First Before Moving On



You want to learn the ones with natural keys before mastering ones with sharps or flats. Practice your scales slowly, one hand at a time, before putting both hands together. That way you can be sure that you’ve mastered the proper fingering for each hand.

What scale should I learn after C major?

Start with C major. It has no flats or sharps and only uses white keys, making it easier to play and read music. Then you can learn the other major scales starting from white notes in order of sharps, G D, A, E, B, then F. After that, black key major scales in order of flats, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb.

How do you memorize scales?

So if you have one flat it's going to be a B flat. If you have two flats it's going to be a B flat. And you add the e flat. If you have three flats you have the B flat E flat.