Connecticut Shoreline Studio for Music Lessons
in Voice, Piano, & the Fundamentals of Music

All Skill Levels Welcome, Ages 4 -104

Connecticut Shoreline Studio for Music Lessons
in Voice, Piano, & the Fundamentals of Music

All Skill Levels Welcome, Ages 4 -104

Connecticut Shoreline Studio for Music Lessons
in Voice, Piano, & the Fundamentals of Music

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Use Major Chords to Find Minor Chords on Guitar

Where are the thirds of the chords that you know?

A way to learn more chords is to know fret/string location of the thirds of any particular chord. Start by finding the major or minor thirds of chords you can play.

Major to Minor

Let’s first use with a plain major chord such as A major. The major third of this chord is on the second fret/second string – the note is C# – the major third of A. If you lower this note by one fret to the first fret, you now have the note C natural which is the minor third of A and makes the A minor chord.

A Major 3rd

Minor to Major

If you know a minor chord already such as E minor. The third of that chord is minor and is the note G which is open on the third fret. Raise the pitch of the G to G# by fretting the third string at the first fret and you now have E Major.

E Major 3rd

Play chords you know and find the major or minor third in that chord. Raise the third in a minor chord by one fret to make the related major chord. Lower the third of a major chord by one fret to get the related minor chord.

I’ll look at chords with sevenths next time and explore the very same idea. Knowing the location of both the sevenths and thirds of chords help you see how many kinds of chord qualities can derive from just one shape.

B Minor 3rd
F Minor 3rd
D Major 3rd

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