Chords Dialog Box

Any combination of chords may be selected for practice drills. However, Staff Name Chords allows only eight chords at a time.




Chords may be presented ascending, descending, or harmonic (all notes sound at the same time). It is also possible to start all chords on the same pitch.


When "Start on Same Pitch" is selected, play a note before the drill begins to set the lowest pitch.


It is important to set the portion of keyboard, fingerboard, or staff range large enough to build all chords beyond the octave an interval with the same note names but twelve half steps higher or lower range. Root position triads need at least a twelfth, and a thirteenth for inversions. Seventh chords need two octaves. Open voicing chords need two octaves plus the range of chords to study.


To read the chord a group of three or more tones forming a harmony correctly in staff notation, always take into account the sharps or flats of the key signature.


Scale-Tone chords (diatonic having to do with the seven note scale) are built using only the notes of the Major or minor scale a group of pitches arranged from high to low covering one octave for the key signature. When ”minor Key” is selected the chords are built using the notes of the relative harmonic minor scale.



see also: Chord Construction,  Chord Inversions, Scale-tone chords, Figured Bass, Open Voicing Chords