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Chord type Formula Example in C

Named after the major 3rd interval


Major 135 CEG
between root and 3

Named after the minor 3rd interval


Minor 1 b3 5 C Eb G
between root and b3

7th 1 3 5 b7 C E G Bb Also called DOMINANT 7th

Named after the major 7th interval


Major 7th 1357 CEGB between root and 7th major scale
note

Minor 7th 1 b3 5 b7 C Eb G Bb

Major chord with 6th major scale


6th 1356 CEGA
note added

Minor chord with 6th major scale


Minor 6th 1 b3 5 6 C Eb G A
note added

Diminished 1 b3 b5 C Eb Gb

Diminished 7th 1 b3 b5 bb7 C Eb Gb Bbb

Half diminished 7th 1 b3 b5 b7 C Eb Gb Bb Also called minor 7thb5

Augmented 1 3 #5 C E G#

7th #5 1 3 #5 b7 C E G# Bb

9th 1 3 5 b7 9 C E G Bb D

7th #9 1 3 5 b7 #9 C E G Bb D# The 'Hendrix' chord

Major 9th 13579 CEGBD

Chords extended beyond the


Added 9th 1359 CEGD octave are called 'added' when the
7th is not present.

Minor 9th 1 b3 5 b7 9 C Eb G Bb D

Minor add 9th 1 b3 5 9 C Eb G D

The 3rd is often omitted to avoid a


11th 1 (3) 5 b7 9 11 C E G Bb D F
clash with the 11th

Minor 11th 1 b3 5 b7 9 11 C Eb G Bb D F

often used in preference to 11th


7th #11 1 3 5 b7 #11 C E G Bb D F# chords to avoid the dissonant clash
between 11 and 3

Major 7th #11 1 3 5 7 9 #11 C E G B D F#


Chord type Formula Example in C

The 11th is often omitted to avoid a


13th 1 3 5 b7 9 (11) 13 C E G B D (F) A
clash with the 3rd.

The 11th is often omitted to avoid a


Major 13th 1 3 5 7 9 (11) 13 C E G B D (F) A
clash with the 3rd.

Minor 13th 1 b3 5 b7 9 11 13 C Eb G B D F A

Suspended 4th
145 CFG
(sus, sus4)

Suspended 2nd Sometimes considered as an


125 CDG
(sus2) inverted sus4 (GCD)

5th (power chord) 15 CG