Chord Creation
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[ How chords are created ] Root Notes

A chord is a group of tones that, when played at the same time, compliment each other. A basic chord is built by combining the root, the third, and the fifth tones of a musical scale.

All About Root Notes

All music, when broken down to its most basic form, is simply a combination of notes. Western music, in particular, is based upon a system of "scales", or groups of particular combinations of notes. (The term "western music" refers to any musical styles that have been developed in the western hemisphere of the world.

This includes virtually all popular styles of music today, including rock, jazz, classical, blues, and a multitude of "ethnic" styles of playing. "Eastern music", on the other hand, is often based on a system of microtonal textures, and differs greatly from Western music.

The foundation of virtually all Western music is "diatonic" scale system. Any "non-diatonic" note (meaning any note not included in the scale) is likely to sound a bit out of place, or "dissonant" by comparison. (Try playing an F# note over a C chord….you'll hear exactly what I mean.) Most diatonic scales consist of seven notes, with the most important note being the "root note", also known as the "tonic". This is the note from which the scale is derived. For example, consider the C major scale, which consists of the notes C-D-E-F-G-A-B. The C note is the first note in the scale, and as such, is considered to be the root note.

The term root note is also applied to chords; a C major chord is any combination of the notes C, G, and E. Any time these notes are played together, they combine in a way that seems to accentuate the C note.


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