In this new editable Moovly video we explain what a musical chord is, how such a chord is represented and what the most common types of chords are. Enjoy!
What are chords?
Chords are present in almost all kinds of music, but what is a chord?
The simplest definition of a chord is that it's "a harmonic combination of three or more musical notes played simultaneously". Actually, they can be played simultaneously but they don’t really need to be played together.
Most chords are triads, in other words, sets of 3 distinct notes. Further notes may be added, for example to give a seventh chord. In popular music a chord name is represented by a letter: for example a C. Chords also have a so-called quality, which can be major, minor, augmented or diminished. This quality can add a wide range of color to the chord.
Most music has a repeating chord structure; this is called a chord progression. Add a compelling combination of melody, lyrics and rhythm to such a chord structure and you get what is called a song.
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