How to Quickly Learn Major and Minor Chords

Below is a simple video that will help you learn your major and minor chords. I used this technique all the time to teach my piano students how to quickly learn major and minor chords (in all keys) and it always worked like a charm. It is simple and just takes a few minutes.

Obviously, this video is for people who are just starting out with this stuff, but I wanted to start simple and experiment a little with the “white board” you will see in the video. I also have a little keyboard hooked up that runs into my computer to produce the sounds.

If you are a total newbie at harmony and music theory, this video should help you learn what is really the most basic foundation for jazz harmony – major and minor chords.

If you have any questions, please leave them by making a comment below


6 thoughts on “How to Quickly Learn Major and Minor Chords”

  1. Great idea.

    When I come to this page, the video does not appear. I am using a one-year-old eMac, with ample memory and processor speed running Safari Version 3.0.4.

    I have also tried Firefox, with the same results.

    Any ideas?

  2. Tom, If Jim’s suggestion doesn’t work for you, try updating Safari (it’s at v. 4.0.3 now) assuming you’re running Tiger – OSX 10.4x or Leopard – OSX 10.5x.


    Video will not load on a very up-to-date iMac (10.4.11), Safari 4, Firefox 3.5, Flash Player 10, Shockwave 11, Flip4 Mac – latest version, Realplayer – latest version, MS Silverlight, QuickTime 7. Will not launch in my network account or within my admin account. I am alos about to attempt a broadband connection in case this is a school district proxy or firewall issue.

    Will report on my findings in case this is a problem for others.

    Tony Eastwood
    Keene High School

  4. Anthony, I would guess that if you are viewing the video from a school computer, its probably a firewall issue and its being blocked. But let us know what you find out.

  5. Thanks for the feedback Jim
    No problem with the video loading via a broadband connection…MBP running Snow Leopard, all the latest plug ins via Safari 4 and a two years old iMac (10.4.11 and Safari 4, which had failed previously when plugged into the school network). I guess it must be our firewall.

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