Watch the Major Chords online guitar lesson by Frank Vignola from 1-2-3 Jazz Chord Melody
Let's discuss the chord forms we'll be using for major. These are moveable, major chord forms. We're going to be working with the C scale. Let me demonstrate the C scale we'll be using.
Now you may have noticed that I went beyond the one octave. That's because most melodies are within a 12th of each other, from the root up to the 12th, so that is the reason why we're expanding beyond one octave, because most melodies do.
Now let's go over the moveable chord forms we're going to use for the major. A C, the root. Once again, the C on top is the root, this is the chord form. For the D, which is the second or the 9th, we're going to use this chord form, a C 6/9. Once again, D is on top, you have an A and an E barring your first finger and your second finger on the C note. That gives us the root, the second. For the E note, the third, we use a Cmaj7. Some of you might already know this chord form. So one succession so far. Starting to sound like a chord melody now! For the F note, the suspended or the 4th, we're going to use the Cmaj7 and just extend our pinky up to the F note. To the F... The suspended sound, like you're suspended in mid-air, usually resolved with that 3rd. So one succession...Now we move up to the G note, or the 5th. We're going to use a Cmaj7. Most of you probably know this chord grip. C, B, E, and a G. Always make sure these chords are nice and clean, that each note is sounding. Okay, so in succession... Okay, the next note is A on the first string, a C6, a simple bar on the first finger. Again make sure each note is nice and clean. So in succession... The next note in the scale is Bmaj7. You can use your 3rd or 4th finger, and it's the bar with the B note on top. In succession...And then the next note is the C, the octave. In succession... Now we're going to continue with the high D note, or the 9th. Here's the note. We go from the C and just add your pinky. Let's go in succession. And now up to the high E on the 12th fret, Cmaj7, bar your third finger, add in the C note with your first finger. Let's go up to that point now. On the high F, again that's the suspended, we'll use the same Cmaj7 and add the pinky on the F note. Let's go in succession…Finally, to the high G, a 12th away from our original starting point. On the 15th fret, 6/9 chord. Barring. So let's take it from the beginning and go all the way up to the high G. And now let's go the other way. These are the major moveable chord forms we'll be working with in this course. You can take these moveable major chord forms and use them with any piece of sheet music in any key and be able to play chord melody.