Originally Posted by Swirly
I know how to create Arps, just triads atm. And i understand how you just take the root/3rd/5th of the scale and thats the triad formed. But what id you sort of do it the other way round, so say i played some random notes on the fretboard and they were E, A and C. How do i realise what chord that is? So i can just look at the notes and say, ah that forms xxx triad?
Swirly, it starts as looking at it and working it out, but eventually you will just get it. Playing the piano really helped me with this.
I just look at eac and i know thats an aminor chord. But think about it.
A is a (minor) third away from C, and is a fifth away from E. So if we call A I, C is a third away 3, and E is a fifth away, 5. so thats 1 3 5.
I really don't think I explained this well, as to me its just nature.
Try this. write out the notes of all the major and minor chords.
Start with the "white" notes (natural, not sharp/flat)
C major = C E G
D major = D F# A
E major = E G# B
F major = F A C
G major = G B D
A major = A C# E
B major = B D# F#
Then do the minors, then do sharps and flats, e.g. AbMajor, Abminor.
Things such as BbMaj7sus9 2nd inversion are those that you will most likely work out and not just know :P.
When I say write them out, I mean write them out on a piece of paper, it really helps to remember them.
Also look at the notes of a chord when you play them. Play an A maj chord, and point to each fret played and say the note.