Chord Building 101
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A chord is simply just an arrangement of intervals from a scale, and are often played together at once, creating its own distinct sound through what's known as "harmonization."
Like the major scale, chords can also be reduced down to a formula, and is as follows:
"First," "Root" or "Tonic"
Root = First note of a scale
Third = Third note of a scale
Fifth = Fifth note of a scale
Introduction to Intervals and the Major Scale
Essentially an interval is the distance between two pitches, and is the foundation of all music.
Starting from the open string, or "open position" on the low E string, you can press on the first fret, and the distance between the two pitches is known as a "half-step" or "semi-tone" (think: the main motif of the "Jaws" theme). And if you press on the second fret from the open string, that's known as a "full-step" or "tone." This can be continued all the way down guitar neck, on to the 11th fret before you hit what's known as an "octave," at the 12 fret (an octave is simply the same note, but at a higher pitch frequency) - this is what's known as the "chromatic scale."
A scale is composed of a series of intervals, and the best way to begin is by learning what's known as the "major scale" as all intervalic descriptors are in reference to it--think of the major scale as a default setting when building scales and chords.
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As this blog casts off on its maiden voyage, we are going to cover the following topics:
- How to Hold the Pick (Like a Pro)
- Tuning and String Names
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