Making Music with Marshall Part Three
Posted: 30 December 2019
A solid chord structure is the basis for most popular tracks out today.
First of all, what are chords?
Chords are simple at their core. They are a musical element in which multiple notes are played at the same time. It’s common for chords to be the element that set the emotional tone of the song and help create the story in the music. Because chords are made up of notes in a key, chords used in a song are usually in the same key.
Triads are the most common types of chords that you’ll hear in music today. They’re built by taking the root note and adding the third and fifths of that note.
Let’s use the C Major scale and build a triad.
The C Major triad uses C, E, and G:
- C: Root note
- E: This is the third note up from C in the C Major scale, most often called ‘the third.’
- G: This is the fifth note up from C in the C Major scale, most often called ‘the fifth.’