Interactive Harmonized Major Scale Diagram

If you want to know what modes go with what chords, this interactive diagram is for you. It allows you to see the notes for every mode in every key and shows you the notes that make up the chords that are derived from a given mode.

This process of laying out a major scale and building modes and chords on each of its notes is called “harmonization.” Understanding the relationships between notes and chords is purview of music theory. You can spend your life studying it but if all you want to do is play and write some songs, this diagram will tell you what chords go with what keys and modes.

In fact, if playing and writing is what you want to do, you will want to know about the Harmonizer. It presents what you see here but goes much further to show you things like chord progressions, chord substitutions, and more.

I invite you to try out the harmonized Major scale interactive diagram and read more about the Harmonizer.


Circle of Fifths and Tri-Tone Chord Substitution

There is a trick you can use to add tonal variety to the music you play. It involves substituting any dominant chord (like G7, A9, C7#9) with another dominant chord with a different root. Not just any substituted root will work, however. To make this trick work, and by that I mean sound good, you…


Holiday Music for the Guitar

Adding familiar holiday songs to your guitar repertoire is a great way to add some cheer to your parties and celebrations. John Wynn has two great ways to do it. First is his “40 Christmas Melodies” song book that offers up great guitar arrangements for both the beginner and intermediate player. These familiar tunes have…


Any Easy Way to Play Modes

If you are overwhelmed by all the scale patters that can be played on the guitar, this will interest you. There is a single fingering pattern for the major scale that you can use all over the fretboard. I call it the stretch pattern, other call it the spread pattern. No matter what you call…


Four Chords that Will Make You Rich

Axis of Awesome is doing its best to show us how we can be rock stars. Jordan, Benny, and Lee have made this video at least twice to drive home the point that there are only four chords in all of rock music. They adroitly show us how regular people like me and you have…


“Intervals Roasting” (The Music Theory Song)

This song very cleverly describes what is going on musically in a very popular holiday song. Though it is a bit humorous, it does a good job of explaining the intervals and harmonic structure of the song. It also gives you an idea of how to use music theory to analyze or compose music. I…


Will We Ever Run Out of New Music?

I think we have. It seems like the most we can do now is remix, refurbish, and reinterpret what has come before us. Michael Stevens, the creator of the You Tube channel Vsauce, has  some interesting facts about the limited nature of music. It seems paradoxical that something that has the potential to create more…


Learning the Guitar is Hard

After spending more than a decade learning the guitar I have learned one thing one thing that I would like to share with you – guitar is hard. Unless you are among the 1% who can play Eddie Van Halen licks note for note from memory, you are among the 99% who have to deal…


A Chord Formula is a Musical Recipe

A chord formula is musical numbering system that gives us a way of describing a chord without referring to specific notes. This is done by enumerating the intervals that make up a chord. For example, a Major 7th chord is made up of four notes and three intervals. A chord formula spells out the harmonic…


Chord Function vs. Chord Type

Many musicians will say the purpose of music is to stir human emotion. Others might say it is to take the listener on a journey. These may sound like the lofty utterances of a pinhead music teacher but it is true. Every genre of music does this – Rap, Country, Classical, Jazz, Pop. Whenever you…


Leaning music is like talking to dolphins…

…It would be fun if I could do It.

I am not a naturally gifted musician but I have found out some things that make me sound like one. I want learning music, especially the guitar, to be easier for everyone. I invite you to contribute your questions and comments.
Tom Michero