Diatonic Chords

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Diatonic Chords

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When we create music using only notes and chords from one scale we call it Diatonic music.

Let’s take a look at the diatonic chords we can get from the major scale.

The scale we are going to use to create our chords is C Major. I’ve shown the chords in four ways:

  • On piano
  • As an open chord
  • As a barre chord
  • As triads moving up the neck

The Diatonic Chords in the Key of C Major

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Diatonic-Single-Chords_D-Minor

Diatonic-Single-Chords_E-Minor

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Diatonic-Single-Chords_A-Minor

Diatonic-Single-Chords_B-Diminished

So the triad chords that we can make from the C major scale are:

Diatonic-Chords-Chart_C-Major

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