chord nomenclature

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Three or more tones played simultaneously create  a chord.  Chords built in thirds are referred to as tertian. The name of  a given chord  identifies its structure and  function in a harmonic progression. Some basic groups of chords follow.

 

MAJOR CHORDS

 

Major chords are symbolized by   M,  ∆ or maj   and  consist of a major triad  [1-3-5]  , a  major seventh and  color tones [6-9-11-13].

 

DOMINANT CHORDS

 

Dominant chords are symbolized by the number  7,9,11,or 13  and consist of a major triad [1-3-5] , a minor seventh  and color tones  [9-11-13 etc.].

 

MINOR CHORDS

 

Minor chords are symbolized by  -, m, or min and consist of  a minor triad  [1-b3-5]  ,a minor seventh  and color tones [ 6-9-11-13].

 

DIMINISHED CHORDS

 

Diminished chords  are symbolized by  7  or dim7 and consist of a  diminished  triad

[1-b3-b5] and a diminished , or double flat ,seventh.

 

AUGMENTED CHORDS

 

Augmented chords are symbolized by   +  or aug and consist of  an augmented  triad

 [1-3-#5]  a minor seventh and  color tones  [9-11-13]

 

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