How to think in number chord notation for Major and Minor?



Asked by: Gary Niko

How do you write major and minor chords?





To find a minor chord, start by building a major chord. Do this by identifying the 1st, 3rd, and 5th notes in the scale. To get a minor chord, simply move the 3rd note down the fretboard by a half step, by one fret. For example, in the C major scale, the notes are C, E and G.

How do you notate A minor chord?

Minor chords are most commonly represented by lowercase letters, either accompanied by a lowercase “m” or by themselves, for example, d or dm. The lowercase letters can get confusing when it comes to letters like c, a, and f, so adding the “m” is usually preferred by musicians.

How do you work out the notes of a major and minor chord using counting?

So an easy way to remember this is that the first skip of the major chord is big three and the first skip of the minor chord. Two is small and since the words minor.

How do you identify major and minor?

For example, if you see a key signature with no flats or sharps, then you know it must be either C major or A minor. If the bottom note of the first chord is a C, odds are the piece is in C major. Alternatively, if that bottom note is A, the key is probably A minor.

What is a chord formula?





Chord Length = 2 × r × sin(c/2) Where, r is the radius of the circle. c is the angle subtended at the center by the chord. d is the perpendicular distance from the chord to the circle center.

How do you arrange chords?

Same. Way. That's because guitar players often just memorize chord shapes. Instead of learning how to build the chord or arrange the chord. They instead just look up the name of the chord.

How do you notate a major chord?

Through tradition, a major-6th chord is automatically substituted whenever you see a major-7th chord notated, and the root is in the melody. So, even though you see CM7 notated, if the melody note is C, it usually means C6 anyway.



Here are the most common ways to notate a basic C major chord:

  1. C.
  2. Cmaj.
  3. CM (capital “M”)


Is a 7 chord major or minor?

Dominant 7 or just “7”



First 3 notes create a MAJOR triad, and the 7th on top is a WHOLE step below the octave making it a MINOR 7th.



How do you notate a major 7th chord?

8.3 Roman Numerals of Diatonic Seventh Chords



Therefore, V means a major triad with a minor seventh between the root and seventh and vi means a minor triad and a minor seventh between the root and seventh. Add “M7” for a major seventh chord (e.g., I M I M 7 ).

How do you identify chords?

Line line and line. So it's evenly stacked. And what that tells you root position is that the name of the chord is on the bottom starts with the root thus the name root.

What is the fastest way to identify chords?

When reading a chord quickly, read the root/lowest note and then the intervals above it and place them in the key. With experience you will be able to recognize common voicings by shape alone.