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Article: Harmonium Lessons - Chords: Part III: Minor chords

 
By Haresh Bakshi
 
  A chord is a combination of three (or more) notes played at the same time. All chords are formed by playing simultaneously three or more notes, according to definite rules.

PLEASE REVISE Harmonium Lesson 2: The Basics. Keep the keyboard diagram in view. Please remember, once again, that any key can become a Sa; but we have assumed the first white key to be the Sa (S), for convenience and convention, simplicity and uniformity.

Chord Type II: Minor Chords. Symbol L. A minor chord is formed when we simultaneously play three notes S-g-P or an equivalent combination. Let me explain by assigning key numbers, calling Sa (S) as key number 1.

Note: S  key number: 1
      r  ..........  2
      R  ..........  3
      g  ..........  4
      G  ..........  5
      m  ..........  6
      M  ..........  7
      P  ..........  8
      d  ..........  9
      D  ..........  10
      n  ..........  11
      N  ..........  12
      S' ..........  13
      r' ..........  14
      R' ..........  15
      g' ..........  16
      G' ..........  17
      m' ..........  18
      M' ..........  19
      P' ..........  20
So, to play the minor chord S-g-P, you will play key numbers 1-4-8. This minor chord is called S minor. Using the symbol 'L' for a minor chord, S major chord will be written as SL.

Similarly, the minor chord "rL" will be formed of the following notes (to be played all at a time): r-G-d. How can we know that? Like this: Now, r is key number 2. So the new set of three keys [in the relative distance 1-4-8] will be 2-5-9. The keys 2-5-9 represent the notes r-G-d. Here is the complete list of the minor chords we will use:

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S minor chord, symbol SL, key# 1-4-8,    notes S-g-P
r minor chord, symbol rL, key# 2-5-9,    notes r-G-d
R minor chord, symbol RL, key# 3-6-10,   notes R-m-D
g minor chord, symbol gL, key# 4-7-11,   notes g-M-n
G minor chord, symbol GL, key# 5-8-12,   notes G-P-N
m minor chord, symbol mL, key# 6-9-13,   notes m-d-S'
M minor chord, symbol ML, key# 7-10-14,  notes M-D-r'
P minor chord, symbol PL, key# 8-11-15,  notes P-n-R'
d minor chord, symbol dL, key# 9-12-16,  notes d-N-g'
D minor chord, symbol DL, key# 10-13-17, notes D-S'-G'
n minor chord, symbol nL, key# 11-14-18, notes n-r'-m'
N minor chord, symbol NL, key# 12-15-19, notes N-R'-M'
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Similar sets of notes will apply in all the three octaves. So much for the minor Chords.

Please note:
WHATERVER KEY IS YOUR Sa, the minor keys will retain their names (like, for example, R minor chord); will retain their symbols (like, for example, RL); will retain their key# (like, for example, 3-6-10); will retain their notes combination (like, for example, R-m-D).

 

 

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