How To Create Major Minor Diminished Augmented and Seventh Chords

How to create major minor diminished augmented and seventh chords in music is easy to learn.
Here learn how to use the major chord as the foundation of all other chords.  Use this chord to modify one or two notes within the major chord.

By doing so by a simple half step you can create 60 chords on your own quickly and easily.  This is powerful once you know the MAGIC FORMULA!

This applies to learning chords on the piano or any other musical instrument.  After reading this blogpost you will be able to create 60 chords instantly.

Here you will learn how to create a major chord, minor chord, diminished chord, augmented chord or seventh chord. All of the piano chord notes are seen within this post.

Major ChordsHow to Create Major Minor Diminished Augmented and Seventh Chords

Major chords are used to express happy emotions and are created using a very simple formula. Begin with any note in the musical alphabet.  Use a, b, c, d, e, f or g.  Call it the root of the major chord. Let’s use the letter C to build our major chord.

From C count up 4 half steps (see Hint below) and add the letter E. From E count up 3 half steps and add the letter G. Now you have a C major chord which includes the notes C, E and G. Repeat this same process on any note on the piano and you will have another major chord such as D, F sharp and A for a D major chord OR B flat, D and F for the B flat major chord.

C Chords: Major, Minor, Diminished, Augmented and Seventh Chords pdf

Visualize this on your piano or keyboard now.  Simply count up 4 half steps from C to reach E. Next count up 3 half steps up from E to reach G.

HINT: An example of a half step would be from C to C sharp.  Also from C sharp to D OR from E to F. A half step is the shortest possible distance you can travel on the piano keyboard. The same principle applies to any musical instrument and to music theory in general.

Minor Chords

Minor chords create a sad or mysterious emotional impact to the listener and are created by first starting with your hand position on a major chord such as a C major chord described in the previous paragraph on major chords.

Simply lower the 3rd note of C major from E to E flat and then play the C minor chord which is spelled C, E flat and G. Another example would be starting with the D major chord of D, F sharp and A, then lowering the F sharp to plain old F to create the D minor chord spelled D, F and A.

Diminished Chords

Diminished chords are often used to create a feeling of suspense in music.  These chords start with a minor chord. An example such as c minor includes the notes C, E flat and G.

By simply lowering the 5th note of this minor chord by one half step (lower G to G flat) you have created the c minor diminished chord spelled C, E flat and G flat.

Augmented Chords

Use augmented chords to create dissonance or suspense in music. These chords are created using the major chord as a starting point. For example, begin with the C major chord of C, E and G and raise (or sharp) the 5th note of G up to G sharp.

Voila! You now have created the C augmented chord spelled, C, E and G sharp. Of all the chord forms discussed in this piano post, the augmented chord is used the least often.

Seventh Chords

The final chord you are learning to spell is the seventh chord. To do this begin with ANY MAJOR CHORD and add a minor third on top of it.

An example of this would be to begin with C major chord.  This includes the notes C, E and G and a B flat on top. This creates a C Major Seventh Chord. Remember, a minor third is made up of 3 half steps so three half steps above G on the piano keyboard is B flat.

Now you have learned how to create major chords, minor chords, diminished chords, augmented chords and seventh chords.

Then simply apply this knowledge to your own musical instrument. By acquiring this knowledge about how to build your own chords you will be head and shoulders above many other “musicians” out there in your knowledge of music theory and chord building.