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Major Chords

We've had a look at intervals ('diads') and now we'll look at triads. The notes at positions 1, 3 and 5 are very important to making chords. OK. Take the root, 3rd and 5th of any scale, and you've got the major chord. So D major would be:


1 3 5
D F# A

because the scale of D is:


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
D E F# G A B C# D

You can take the notes in any order, anywhere on the fretboard and they'll sound a D major of some description.

Some sound better than others. Find the ones you like and / or are easiest to play.

If you want to know the technical difference between them, have a look at inversions