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A Chord chord is a group of harmonic notes.  Depending on the chord, the number of notes can be 2 or as many as 6 or more.  Notes for a chord are determined by using scales. 

Scale in Key of C

Notes C D E F G A B C D E F G A B C    
Number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15    

A scale in the key of C shown above are the normal notes that one might expect in a song.  Instead of calling the notes C, D, E, etc.  or 1, 2, 3 , we also could think of the sequence as the singing notes: do, re, me fa, so, la ti do.

Let us give an example. The most common type of chord is made up of three notes and is called a Major chord.  A Major chord is made up of the 1st, 3rd and 5th notes of the scale.  For a C Chord chord then (key of C), the notes of this chord would be:  C, E and G.


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If you have some instrument skills, particularly with a keyboard instrument such as piano, organ, accordion, or keyboard itself or similar, you can do multiple track recording and create you own band recording of perhaps 4 or 8 or 16 or more pieces. This book focuses on music theory on help for determining what some of those other band parts might play, such as strings, bass or other instruments.