|Below you'll find my own practice sheet listing the most common four-note chord shapes. Be sure to practice them in all twelve keys!
I recommend focusing on one chord type until you've mastered it, and then move on to another type. As you add new chord types to
your practice routine, you should constantly review all previously learned chord types.
105 Essential Chords
This chord table denotes the correct spellings for the five most common chord types in all possible chromatic spellings.
The five most common chord types are: Ma7, 7 (dominant), mi7, mi7b5 (half-diminished), and diminished 7th.
There are seven letter names in the musical alphabet: A,B,C,D,E,F & G. For each of these seven letters, you can have a "flat" version, a "natural" version, and a "sharp" version of each note.
Thus, 7 spellings x 3 (flat, natural and sharp) = 21 letter names.
21 letter names x 5 chord types = 105 chord spellings.
Note: an "x" after a letter name means "double sharp."
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