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Free Tutorial on Chord Types

There must be thousands of chords, but all these chords are nothing more than a few chord types that have been transposed to several keys. If you learn to recognize the most important types, you will recognize the majority of the chords used in classical and in popular music.

Major is a chord type, so is minor. But do you recognize a major chord or a minor? A diminished or a hard diminished chord? An augmented dominant 7th? This tutorial explains it all.

The level of this tutorial is high, it is aimed at students of an Academy or Conservatory of Music (Europe). Download Chord Types (pdf).

This is Version 2, published in March 2016.

Train and test your ability to recognize chord types by ear with a free app: Recognize Chord Types by Ear 1.