Music Theory Lesson

Major vs Minor Tones

Difficulty: beginner

By: Nate Dean

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Major chords are constructed with the 1st, 3rd, and 5th notes of the major scale.

Minor chords are constructed with the 1st, b3rd, and 5th notes of the major scale. "b3" means that the third note of the scale is lowered by one half step.

R5R35R5R35

This common A Major chord shape is constructed of 1 (R for root), 3, and 5.