Major vs Minor – Can You Tell The Difference?

Ayla Tesler-Mabe  /  Lessons / Jun 25

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Almost all music is built using major or minor chords. This is because they fundamentally give a song its overall feeling and emotion. Therefore, knowing how to use major and minor chords is pivotal in connecting with an audience when writing a chord progression or even playing a solo.

But can you tell the difference?

In this lesson, I’m going to show you what makes a chord major or minor, how to build them using the power of the triad, and then test your ear and watch your progression.

BONUS: Once you’ve discovered how to point out a major or minor sounding chord, you’ll see how easy it is to hear the difference when listening to scales as well.

If you want to discover more chords to add to your arsenal, check out The 5 Most Beautiful Chords video here!

Ayla has been making waves in the world of guitar playing as a professional guitarist, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and composer, since the early age of 14. After only been playing for two years, her first YouTube video (a rendition of John Mayall’s “Hideaway”) put her on the map and kickstarted her music career. She has since been featured in Rolling Stone magazine, become a member of both the Ernie Ball and Fender family of artists, and earned various Berklee College of Music scholarships. Musically, Ayla finds great pleasure in exploring the numerous avenues available to her through various styles of music, as seen through her work with Calpurnia and Ludic.

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