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Harmonizing the Major Scale If we harmonize the Major scale, that is, play a chord

Harmonizing the Major Scale

If we harmonize the Major scale, that is, play a chord instead of a single note on each degree of the scale, for the Cmajor scale we get the following chords, for all other Major scales the chord type will be the same, only the chord name will change, the II chord always be minor, the VII chord will always be diminished.

I

C

X O O 1 2 3
X O
O
1
2
3

IV

F

X 1 1 2 4 3
X
1
1
2
4 3

VII

B dim X X 1 2 3 4
B dim
X
X
1
2
3
4

II

D m X X O 1 2
D
m
X
X
O
1
2

III

E m O O O O 2 3
E
m
O
O
O
O
2
3
3 V VI G A m O O O X O 1 1 2 3
3
V
VI
G
A
m
O
O
O
X
O
1
1
2 3
2
3

C

X O O 1 2 3
X O
O
1
2
3

Some common progressions to try,

I

IV

V

I

II

V

I

III

VI

II

V

I

I

VI

IV

V

© P.J.Newton 2011