Chord Theory II
Extended Upper Voicings
As we saw in the last installment, chords are formed by stacking thirds. The root is the home note. The third indicates a Major or minor harmony. A perfect fifth gives the chord backbone and heft. A seventh tends to indicate how the chord is going to resolve itself.
As you may already know, we don’t have to stop there. We can keep stacking more thirds to get 9, 11, and 13 chords.
If you stack yet another 3rd on top of a 7 chord, you get a 9…
Melody is a group of notes played in succession. Harmony is a group of notes played at once. Many theorists break this up into thinking horizontally (melody) and vertically (harmony).
The basic unit of harmony is the chord. A chord is composed of three or more different notes played at the same time. Two notes together make an interval, or power chord, but to have a true chord, you need at least three notes, though they need not be played on the same instrument.
The most pleasing consonant interval…
This simple shape is incredibly powerful because it allows anyone to write a song they can play…Read more