Chord charts formulas

Chord formulas chart - Building chords - Music theory

Chord formulasWhat are chord formulas ? Chord formulas show all the notes which constitute a chord. They reveal the structure of chords. Knowing them will make your guitar playing more interesting. It allows you to make the link between scales, arpeggios and chords. You will be able to build your own chords, to find any chord position on the guitar when you only have the name of a chord, to make the difference between major, minor or diminished chords, to turn quickly a chord into any variation. Learning chord formulas is necessary for anyone who wants to expand its musical knowledge. Here is a chart that lists the main chord formulas.

E-mail

CHORD FAMILY

CHORD DEGREES

CHORD TONES

MAJOR CHORDS

 

   

C (or Ctriad)

1 3 5

C E G

C6

1 3 5 6

C E G A

C6/9

1 3 5 6 9

C E G A D

Cmaj7

1 3 5 7

C E G B

Cmaj9

1 3 5 7 9

C E G B D

Cmaj7#11

1 3 5 7 #11

C E G B F#

Cmaj7#5

1 3 #5 7

C E G# B

MINOR CHORDS

 

 

C- (or Cmin or Cm)

1 b3 5

C Eb G

C-6

1 b3 5 6

C Eb G A

C-6/9

1 b3 5 6

C Eb G A D

C-7

1 b3 5 b7

C Eb G Bb

C-7#5

1 b3 #5 b7

C Eb G# Bb

C-9

1 b3 5 b7 9

C Eb G Bb D

C-11

1 b3 5 b7 (9) 11

C Eb G Bb (D) F

C-∆7

1 b3 5 7

C Eb G B

C-∆9

1 b3 5 7 9

C Eb G B D

DOMINANT SEVENTH CHORDS

 

 

C7

1 3 5 b7

C E G Bb

C7b5

1 3 b5 b7

C E Gb Bb

C7#5

1 3 #5 b7

C E G# Bb

C7b9

1 3 5 b7 b9

C E G Bb Db

C7#9

1 3 5 b7

C E G Bb D#

C7#11

1 3 5 b7

C E G Bb F#

C9

1 3 5 b7 9

C E G Bb D

C11

1 (3) 5 b7 9 11

C (E) G Bb D F

C13

1 3 5 b7

C E G Bb D (F) A

C7b5b9

1 3 b5 b7 b9

C E Gb Bb Db

C7#5#9

1 3 #5 b7 #9 C E G# Bb D#

C7b5#9

1 3 b5 b7 #9 C E G# Bb D#

C7#5b9

1 3 #5 b7 b9 C E G# Bb Db

C7alt

any C7 with both fifth and ninth altered   

C7/4

1 (3) 5 b7 11 C (E) G Bb F

C7sus4

1 4 5 b7 C F G Bb

C7susb9

1 4 5 b7 b9 1 4 5 b7 b9

HALF DIMINISHED CHORDS

   

C-7b5 (or Cmin7b5 or CØ)

1 b3 b5 b7 C Eb Gb Bb

C-7b5/#2 (or Cmin7b5/#2 or CØ #2)

1 b3 b5 b7 9 Eb Gb Bb D

(or Cmin7b5/#2 or CØ #2)

C-11b5 (or Cmin11b5) C Eb Gb Bb (D) F

DIMINISHED CHORDS

   

Cdim (or C°)

1 b3 b5 C Eb Gb

Cdim7 (or C°7 or simply C°)

1 b3 b5 bb7 C Eb Gb Bbb

 

  • 20 II-V-I jazz guitar licks

    This printable PDF eBook contains 20 II-V-I jazz guitar licks with tabs, analysis & audio files to master the II-V-I sequence both in major and minor keys.
  • 5 Jazz blues arpeggio studies

    Here is a printable PDF eBook with five guitar studies that will help you to master arpeggios over a jazz blues progression. Tabs and standard notation.
  • 50 II-V-I voicings

    Printable PDF eBook method containing 50 exercises with tabs & standard notation to practice the essential jazz guitar chords over the II-V-I progression.
  • 11 blues jazz studies

    This PDF eBook contains 11 guitar lessons with chords, tabs, standard notation analysis & audio files about the main blues progressions used in jazz music.
  • Mastering the altered scale

    This PDF eBook method contains 25 altered jazz guitar licks with tabs, patterns, scale charts and audio files to learn to master the altered scale.
  • 40 blues jazz guitar licks

    40 easy jazz, blues guitar licks with tabs & scale charts. Printable PDF & eBook method to learn to play in the style of Wes Montgomery & Charlie Christian.
  • 25 soul jazz guitar licks

    This PDF eBook is about 25 soul jazz guitar licks in the style of Grant Green, Melvin Sparks. Lessons with tabs, diagrams, backing track & audio files.
  • 25 dominant diminished licks

    This eBook PDF contains 25 dominant diminished jazz guitar patterns using the half-whole diminished scale and some diminished 7th arpeggios.
  • 25 minor jazz guitar licks

    This printable PDF eBook contains 25 minor jazz guitar licks with tabs, video links, analysis. How to play modes, scales & arpeggios over minor chords.
  • 5 Tritone substitution licks

    The tritone substitution is explained through 5 jazz guitar licks with tabs/notation, youtube video links and backing track links. Printable PDF eBook

chords chart chords charts formulas chord formulas

Add a comment

Incorrect code - please try again.

Welcome,

Enter your email adress to receive the newsletter (no spam)

Icone