Answer Key to Quiz for Understanding Chords, Part 2: Major Chords

This answer key accompanies the quiz from the article, Understanding Chords: Part 2, Major Chords.

Part 1: Short Answer

  1. How many half steps are in a minor third interval?
    Answer: 3
  2. How many half steps are in a major third interval?
    Answer: 4

Part 2: True or False

  1. A major chord has a major third interval on bottom, and a minor third interval on top.
    Answer: True

Part 3: Identifying Intervals – and Roots, Thirds, and Fifths

Questions:

  1. What note is a minor third up from the note, B?
    Answer: D
  2. What note is a major third up from the note, E?
    Answer: G#
  3. What note is the third of a C Major chord? (Third, in this case, is referring to the middle note of a triad – for example, root, third, and fifth.)
    Answer: E
  4. What note is the fifth of a G Major chord?
    Answer: D
  5. What note is the third of a D Major chord?
    Answer: F#

Part 4: Identifying Chords on the Staff

The section below contains various major chords on the staff. Each appears as a Block Chord, Broken Chord, or Arpeggio. For each chord, write:

  1. The name of the chord (for example, “C Major”); and
  2. Whether it’s appearing as a Block Chord, Broken Chord, or Arpeggio.

Questions:

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  3. Ok, this one is designed to be more challenging. (Hint: look for the “stacked thirds.”)

Part 5: Writing Chords on the Staff

Write each major chord below with whole notes on Treble Clef. Write each as “stacked thirds” – showing the root, third, and fifth as either “Line to Line to Line” or “Space to Space to Space.” (Note: Accidentals – i.e., sharps (#) and flats (b) – are drawn just to the left of the note they’e applied to.)

  1. A Major
  2. G Major
  3. B Major (This one’s tricky!)

Extra Credit:

Write the three chords from Part 5 again – this time, in Bass Clef rather than Treble Clef.

  1. A Major
  2. G Major
  3. B Major (This one’s tricky!)

Congrats on completing the quiz!

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