TL;DR Theory: Diatonic Chords

In today’s “TL;DR Theory: Diatonic Chords” we’re looking at the backbones of all harmonic progressions: diatonic chords. The word “diatonic” …

Modes

We’ve touched on major and minor scales, but there’s another type of “scale.” It’s a little more abstract in nature, …

How Keys Work

In Western music, C major is the natural major scale. This means that the half-steps naturally occur between E and …

Chords

By definition, a chord consists of at least three different notes. Notice the word “different;” an octave doesn’t count as …

Triads

A triad consists of three notes: a root, a third, and a fifth. Let’s look at a major triad first. …

Inverted Intervals

So far we’ve only talked above ascending intervals, or intervals whose “base” or “root” note is the lower one. But …

Compound Intervals

Intervals that span a distance greater than an octave are called “compound intervals.” You can find out their number by …

Interval Basics

The word “interval” refers to the distance between two notes. The basic intervals are: Unison, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, …

The Minor Scale

There are two approaches to understanding the minor scale. Both are important. First, the minor scale is like the major …

The Major Scale

There are two main scales formulas: major and minor. Each is built on the concept of “steps,” which are either …