look at the chords used in the "Balloon"
song. The formula for constructing a major
half steps + 3 half steps
chord on your keyboard. Now play the F
chord and then the G
chord. Major chords are this easy. In fact,
almost all chords are this easy if you know
the formula to construct them. Let's look
at some other formulas.
(such as Am, Dm, and Em) - 3
half steps + 4 half steps.
(flatted) seventh chords
(such as C7, F7, and G7) - 4
half steps + 3 half steps + 3 half steps.
(such as Am7, Dm7, and Em7) - 3
half steps + 4 half steps + 3 half steps.
(such as C6, F6, and G6) - 4
half steps + 3 half steps + 2 half steps.
such as Cmaj7, Fmaj7, and Gmaj7) - 4
half steps + 3 half steps + 4 half steps.
Play each one of these chords on
your keyboard. Use the formulas to construct each chord. Start on the root note
(C, F, or G). Then try building some major chords on Sharps or Flats (E flat,
A flat, C sharp, F sharp). Then again on sharps or flats, try some of the other
chords in the list above. Spend about 15 minutes doing this.