Here we will look at how to figure out what notes belong to a specific type of chord by looking at the formulas used for each chord type to determine which notes to play in any of the 15 Major Key Signatures.

Using the table of Major Scale Notes simply find the type of Chord you want to play in the Table of Chord Formulas and alter the notes of the Major Scale.

Example: How to figure out the notes of a Cm7 Chord:
  1. Find the Minor Seven Chord formula.
    1     b3     5     b7

  2. Find the C Major Scale notes required.
    C  -  E   -  G  -  B  
    1  -   3   -  5   -  7  

  3. Alter the notes of the C Scale using the Minor Seven Chord formula.
    C  -  Eb  -G  -  Bb 
    1     b3     5     b7
Chord Formulas
Chord
Formula
MAJOR  1       3       5
MINOR  1     b3      5
DIMINISHED - dim  1     b3    b5
AUGMENTED - aug  1       3     #5
SUSPENDED 4th - 7sus4  1       4       5     b7
MAJOR 6 - Ma6  1       3       5       6
MINOR 6 - m6  1     b3       5       6
MAJOR 7 - Ma7  1       3       5       7
DOMINANT 7th - 7th  1       3       5     b7
SEVEN SUS FOUR - 7sus4  1       4       5     b7
MINOR 7 - m7  1     b3       5     b7
MINOR SEVEN FLAT FIVE - m7b5  1     b3     b5     b7
DIMINISHED 7th - Dim7  1     b3     b5   bb7
SEVEN SHARP FIVE - 7#5  1       3     #5     b7
SEVEN FLAT FIVE - 7b5  1       3      b5    b7
MAJOR 9 - Ma9  1       3       5       7     9
MINOR 9 - m9  1     b3       5     b7     9
NINTH - 9th  1       3       5     b7     9
SEVEN SHARP NINE - 7#9  1       3       5     b7   #9
SEVEN FLAT NINE - 7b9  1       3       5     b7   b9
NINE SHARP FIVE - 9#5  1       3     #5     b7     9
NINE FLAT FIVE - 9b5  1       3     b5     b7     9
ELEVENTH - 11th  1       3       5     b7     9     11
MINOR 11 - m11  1     b3       5     b7     9     11
MAJOR 13 - Ma13  1       3       5       7     9     11    13
THIRTEENTH - 13th  1       3       5     b7     9     11    13

Major Scale Notes
Key Signature
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
1
C
C
D
E
F
G
A
B
C
G
G
A
B
C
D
E
F#
G
D
D
E
F#
G
A
B
C#
D
A
A
B
C#
D
E
F#
G#
A
E
E
F#
G#
A
B
C#
D#
E
B
B
C#
D#
E
F#
G#
A#
B
F#
F#
G#
A#
B
C#
D#
E#
F#
C#
C#
D#
E#
F#
G#
A#
B#
C#
F
F
G
A
Bb
C
D
E
F
Bb
Bb
C
D
Eb
F
G
A
Bb
Eb
Eb
F
G
Ab
Bb
C
D
Eb
Ab
Ab
Bb
C
Db
Eb
F
G
Ab
Db
Db
Eb
F
Gb
Ab
Bb
C
Db
Gb
Gb
Ab
Bb
Cb
Db
Eb
F
Gb
Cb
Cb
Db
Eb
Fb
Gb
Ab
Bb
Cb
Once you know the note names of each Major Scale it becomes easy to learn common Chord Formulas in order for you to use Chords to improvise or Jam.
 
 
 
 
 
 





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