4 Basic Types of Chords

Now that you know your major scales, the next thing is to learn the formulas for your 4 basic types of chords. Once you learn the formulas, apply them to each key one at a time until you go through all 12 keys. Here is the order that you should learn and play them in:

Major = 1-3-5
Minor = 1-b3-5
Diminished = 1-b3-b5
*Fully diminished = 1-b3-b5-bb7 *just an extension of the regular diminished chord
Augmented = 1-3-#5

As you go through learning and practicing the chords in this order, you will find that the last note for the augmented chord is also the last note for the major chord in the very next key. The next thing you should learn are the chords that are built off each scale degree of the major scale for every key. Again, learn it one key at a time until you go through all 12 keys:

1st - major
2nd - minor
3rd - minor
4th - major
5th - major
6th - minor
7th - diminished

Then move on to learning progressions. Play progressions like the 1-4-5, 2-5-1, 7-3-6, etc. I posted some of these progressions earlier:


Here’s a hand book of video tutorials I listed on a previous blog post to help you with these progressions:


Learn the Amen progression and practice many other listed progressions here:


Finally, here's the best Audio Course offered by Jermaine Griggs. I have these 2 discs and highly recommend the product. Disc #1 is for beginners and lays a great foundation for chord theory. Disc #2, you'll learn more advanced chord theory on the go! Here's what the folks over at HearandPlay.com have to say:

Dear Fellow Musician,

What if you could pop a CD into your home or car
stereo and learn everything you needed to know to
start playing beautiful chords on the piano? I'm
talking about all the same chords used to play
practically every popular song out there! The
ones you grew up listening to... the songs you
now enjoy... classic holiday tunes... even your
kids' favorite songs... and more!

What if you could learn all the chords that make
up those songs in just an hour or so? Would you
be excited? Well... You should be! Because at
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and Play Music is going to reveal an approach
that allows you to learn anywhere: at your piano,
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So, if you have a CD player and two hours to
spare, then you have what it takes to start
mastering chords by ear.

Read the rest of this story at:

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(Over 20 minutes of audio lesson clips at the

You'll definitely find this new resource very
beneficial, especially if you're struggling to
grasp the concepts of chords! Believe it or not,
once you master chords, half of the battle is won
because songs are created ALL BY CHORDS!

Rush over to
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and read his entire report.

Step-by-step, you'll learn:

- How to form various types of chords: major,
minor, diminished, augmented and the easy theory
behind them. DO NOT BE INTIMIDATED. *

-The classes of chords and the difference
between triads, sevenths, ninths, elevenths, and
thirteenths... all broken down in "normal,"
down-to-earth, language. *

- One magic formula that creates all the
chords you'll ever need to know. All I'll tell
you is that it involves two words: Quality &
Quantity (and you need both in order to create
all chords). *

- How to form any major scale in seconds
using my "Why Won't He Wear White When Hot"
trick. *

- Easy ways to understand intervals (which
are merely distances between notes). There are
melodic intervals and harmonic intervals and
you'll learn both.

- The secret behind the "number system" and
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So I highly recommend that you go over to the
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