Harmony is what you get when you play two or more notes at the same time. It’s one of the most important concepts in music — the building block of chords, song structures, and all sorts of performances. Along with rhythm and melody, it’s one of the three main concepts in music. You can think of harmony as the “vertical” structure of music, whereas melody is its “horizontal” structure. In other wor... »

How are chords constructed?

In a simple sense, chords are constructed by combining every other note in a music scale. For example, the C major scale looks like this: C – D – E – F – G – A – B All basic major chords have three notes, the 1st, 3rd, and 5th notes in the scale with that chord’s name.  In other words, the C major chord, based on the scale above, is just C, E, and G.  This is known as a triad, which is the most ba... »

Are chords important?

Chords provide harmony, and usually rhythm, that both support the melody and also contribute their own dimension to music. Chords normally express the feeling of the music and the changes in feeling that form the overall arc of a piece of music.  Certain chords are usually pleasing, disturbing, happy, or sad, but their feelings also depend on their context; one chord can sound very different in di... »


What is a Chord? A chord is a combination of three or more notes played together at the same time.  A basic chord has three notes. Complex chords have 4 or 5 different notes; beyond that, larger chords usually use some of the same notes more than once, in multiple octaves (because much more than five different notes in a chord becomes too much for the human brain to hear meaningfully). Chords are ... »