Something new to "play" with. You may have already figured this out, if not have fun.
Originally Posted by dwest2419
Skip a note or every other note in a scale make the chords for that scale. Once you know how to stack 3rds you will be able to come up with the chords for any scale. Once you can do that you can build a chord progression to use with those chords.
C Major Scale stacked in 3rds (every other note) = the notes and chords made from
the C major scale:
Notes Scale Degree Spelling Chord name Function
C R CEGB R-3-5-7 Cmaj 7 I (tonic)
D 2 DFAC R-b3-5-b7 Dmin 7 ii
E 3 EGBD R-b3-5-b7 Emin 7 iii
F 4 FACE R-3-5-7 Fmaj 7 IV (subdominant)
G 5 GBDF R-3-5-b7 G7 V (dominant)
A 6 ACEG R-b3-5-b7 Amin 7 vi
B 7 BDFA R-b3-b5-b7 Bmin7b5 viidim (diminished)
Why is the D chord minor? If you compare the DFAC to the notes in the D major scale
the D major scale will have an F# and a C#. Your DFAC has the 3 and 7 flatted for a
spelling of R-b3-5-b7 and that spelling makes a Dm7 chord.
All that R-b3-5-b7 comes in handy if you are a bassist as we play chord tones one note
at a time.
For grins, the Cm scale is C, D, Eb, F, G, Ab, Bb (The major scale with the 3, 6 & 7 flatted). Using every other note make the four note chords for the Cm scale.
For extra grins make the four note chords for the C harmonic minor scale. C harmonic minor scale takes the major scale and flats the 3 and 6.
Check yourself here. http://www.guitar-chords.org.uk/chords-key-c-minor.html
Notice the common chord progressions used for the chords in the C major, Cm and C harmonic minor scale