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3 Note ChordsAbbreviated Chords for MandolinCharlie Jones ([email protected])This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License

Conjugating 3 Note Chordsconjugateverb ˈkänjəˌgāt 1 [ trans. ] Grammar give the different forms of (a verbin an inflected language) as they vary according tovoice, mood, tense, number, and person.Chords are a lot like verbs in that their base form can beconjugated to vary them. Outlined below are three chordgroups based on different inversions of a major triad. Eachform has the root, third or fifth as the lowest note.With the base major triad defined, you can start to alter orconjugate them to change their voicing. With only three notesbeing sounded, the root or fifth will be dropped as extensionsare added. To find a given chord, locate the root note of themajor triad and alter the chord from there.Chord extensions beyond Minor 7b5 start to loose theirrelationship to the base major triad form. That's not to say youcan't form these chords with three notes. They just don't fitsquarely into one of the three groups below.The remainder of this document provides a variety of chordvoicings that you might find useful.Root3rd5thMajorMinorMajor 77thMinor 7Minor 7b51-5-31 - 5 - b37-5-31 - b7 - 31 - b7 - b3b7 - b5 - b3MajorMinorMajor 77thMinor 7Minor 7b53-1-5b3 - 1 - 53-7-53 - b7 - 5b3 - b7 - 5b3 - b7 - b5MajorMinorMajor 77thMinor 7Minor 7b55-3-15 - b3 - 15-3-75 - 3 - b75 - b3 - b7b5 - b3 - b7b7 - 3 - 1b7 - b3 - 1

Cmaj5Cm7-51-3-51 - b3 - b5 - b73-1-51-5-3Cm5Cm7 51 - b3 - 5Cmaj7-51 - 3 - 5 - b71 - 3 - b5 - 7b7 - 3 - 1b7 - #5 - b3b3 - b7 - #57 - b5 - 33 - 7 - b53 - #5 - 73 - 7 - #543 - b7 - 5Cm7Cmaj7 51 - b3 - 5 - b71 - 3 - #5 - 7b7 - b3 - 14b3 - b7 - 542C91-3-5-71 - 3 - 5 - b7 - 97-5-3b7 - 3 - 93-7-55C63 - 9 - b75Cm91-3-5-61 - b3 - 5 - b7 - 95Cm6b7 - b3 - 95-3-66-3-15 - 9 - b75Cmaj91-3-5-7-91 - b3 - 5 - 66 - b3 - 15 - b3 - 6C6/9Caug7-3-95-9-71 - #5 - 33 - 1 - #551 - 3 - #51-3-5-6-96-3-93-9-63Cdim71 - 3 - b5 - b7C7 5b3 - b7 - b53b3 - 1 - 5C7C7-5b7 - b5 - b31 - b3 - #5 - b71 - 5 - b3Cmaj73241 - b3 - b5 - bb7b7 - b5 - 33 - b7 - b5b7 - #5 - 33 - b7 - #531 - 3 - #5 - b7bb7 - b5 - b3b5 - b3 - bb7

Gmaj45Gm7-51 - b3 - b5 - b71-3-53-1-5Gm35Gm7 53Gmaj7-53Gmaj7 5b7 - b3 - 143 - #5 - 79 - b7 - 3b7 - 3 - 99 - b7 - b3b7 - b3 - 99-7-37-3-91 - 3 - 5 - b7 - 93-7-53-1-72Gm91 - b3 - 5 - b7 - 91-3-5-66-3-13-6-5Gmaj921 - b3 - 5 - 61-3-5-7-96 - b3 - 1b3 - 6 - 5Gaug2541 - 3 - #51-3-5-6-99-6-5331 - #5 - 33 - 1 - #56-3-92Gdim71 - 3 - b5 - b71 - b3 - b5 - bb73 - b7 - b5G7 53 - 7 - #5G91-3-5-7G7-5441 - 3 - #5 - 7b3 - b7 - 5G6/97 - b5 - 33 - 7 - b5b7 - 3 - 11 - b3 - 5 - b7Gm6441 - 3 - b5 - 73 - b7 - 5G6b7 - #5 - b3b3 - b7 - #51 - 5 - b31 - 3 - 5 - b7Gmaj7331 - b3 - #5 - b7b3 - 1 - 5Gm7b7 - b5 - b3b3 - b7 - b51-5-31 - b3 - 5G733b7 - b5 - 3331 - 3 - #5 - b73 - b7 - #5b7 - #5 - 3b3 - bb7 - b5bb7 - b5 - b3

4Dmaj1 - b3 - b5 - b71-3-53Dm1 - b3 - #5 - b75 - b3 - 1433 - b7 - 533Dmaj7 534b3 - b7 - 54D93 - 7 - b54#5 - 3 - 73 - 7 - #5b7 - 3 - 99 - b7 - 3b7 - b3 - 99 - b7 - b37-3-99-7-341 - 3 - 5 - b7 - 91-3-5-73-7-57-3-142Dm931 - b3 - 5 - b7 - 91-3-5-66-3-133-6-52Dmaj941-3-5-7-91 - b3 - 5 - 66 - b3 - 14b3 - 6 - 52Daug341 - 3 - #51-3-5-6-99-6-56-3-93D7-5#5 - 3 - 13 - 1 - #5b5 - b3 - bb7b3 - bb7 - b5Ddim71 - b3 - b5 - bb71 - 3 - b5 - b73 - b7 - b5b5 - 3 - b7D7 5b5 - 3 - 71 - 3 - #5 - 7b7 - b3 - 1D6/94Dmaj7-51 - b3 - 5 - b7Dm6b3 - b7 - #51 - 3 - b5 - 7b7 - 3 - 1D6#5 - b3 - b7b3 - 1 - 51 - 3 - 5 - b7Dmaj7b3 - b7 - b53Dm7 51 - b3 - 5Dm7b5 - b3 - b73-1-55-3-1D73Dm7-5331 - 3 - #5 - b7#5 - 3 - b73 - b7 - #5

AmajAm7-51 - b3 - b5 - b71-3-51-5-35-3-1AmAm7 51 - b3 - 5Amaj7-51 - 3 - 5 - b7b3 - b7 - #5#5 - b3 - b73 - 7 - b5b5 - 3 - 761 - 3 - b5 - 71 - b7 - 3b7 - 3 - 13Am7Amaj7 51 - b3 - 5 - b7631 - 3 - #5 - 71 - b7 - b33 - 7 - #5b7 - b3 - 14Amaj7A91-3-5-74#5 - 3 - 741 - 3 - 5 - b7 - 94A69 - b7 - 37-3-17-5-3Am91-3-5-63b7 - 3 - 931 - b3 - 5 - b7 - 91-6-39 - b7 - b36-3-13Am6Amaj94b7 - b3 - 941-3-5-7-91 - b3 - 5 - 61 - 6 - b346 - b3 - 149-7-3Aaug27-3-931 - 3 - #51-3-5-6-96-3-99-6-35Adim71 - 3 - b5 - b71 - #5 - 3#5 - 3 - 1b3 - bb7 - b5b5 - b3 - bb741 - b3 - b5 - bb7b5 - 3 - b73 - b7 - b5A7 5b5 - b3 - b755 - b3 - 14A7A7-5b3 - b7 - b51 - b3 - #5 - b71 - 5 - b3A6/95531 - 3 - #5 - b73 - b7- #5#5 - 3 - b7

Emaj4Em7-54Em7 51 - b3 - 54Emaj7-51 - b7 - 3451 - b7 - b3463 - 7 - #5#5 - 3 - 74E91 - 3 - 5 - b7 - 91-3-5-75-3-73 - 9 - b77-5-34Em949 - b7 - 331 - b3 - 5 - b7 - 91-3-5-65 - 9 - b71-6-35-3-64Emaj91 - b3 - 5 - 69 - b7 - b3441-3-5-7-91 - 6 - b35 - b3 - 64E6/99-7-35-9-72Eaug1 - 3 - #51-3-5-6-953Edim71 - 3 - b5 - b71 - #5 - 33 - 1 - #59-6-33-9-6431 - b3 - b5 - bb73 - b7 - b5b5 - 3 - b7E7 53 - 7 - b51 - 3 - #5 - 75 - b3 - b7E7-56b5 - 3 - 7Emaj7 51 - b3 - 5 - b7Em63b3 - b7 - #51 - 3 - b5 - 75 - 3 - b7E65#5 - b3 - b71 - 5 - b31 - 3 - 5 - b7Emaj751 - b3 - #5 - b75 - b3 - 1Em7b3 - b7 - b5b5 - b3 - b71-5-35-3-1E751 - b3 - b5 - b71-3-5Em3551 - 3 - #5 - b7#5 - 3 - b73 - b7- #5b5 - b3 - bb7b3 - bb7 - b5

Bmaj441 - b3 - b5 - b71-3-51-5-3Bm445 - b3 - 144b7 - #5 - b3Bmaj7-544Bmaj7 53b5 - 3 - 751 - 3 - #5 - 71 - b7 - b35 - b3 - b74Bmaj77 - #5 - 3#5 - 3 - 7b7 - 3 - 93 - 9 - b7B91 - 3 - 5 - b7 - 91-3-5-75-3-77-3-144Bm91-3-5-6541 - b3 - 5 - b7 - 91-6-349 - b7 - b35-3-6Bmaj941 - b3 - 5 - 65 - 9 - b741-3-5-7-91 - 6 - b35 - b3 - 6B6/9Baug1-3-5-6-91 - 3 - #56-3-923-9-67-3-95-9-71 - #5 - 33 - 1 - #54Bdim731 - 3 - b5 - b731 - b3 - b5 - bb7b7 - b5 - 3B7 537 - b5 - 35 - 3 - b71 - b3 - 5 - b7B7-53#5 - b3 - b71 - 3 - b5 - 71 - b7 - 5Bm65Bm7 51 - 3 - 5 - b7B6b5 - b3 - b71 - b3 - #5 - b71 - 5 - b3Bm7b7 - b5 - b35-3-11 - b3 - 5B73Bm7-52b5 - 3 - b751 - 3 - #5 - b7b7 - #5 - 3#5 - 3 - b7bb7 - b5 - b3b5 - b3 - bb7

4F#majF#m7-51-3-51 - b3 - b5 - b73-1-51-5-34F#m1 - 5 - b34F#7b7 - #5 - b33F#maj7-51 - 3 - 5 - b71 - 3 - b5 - 71 - b7 - 53 - b7 - 54F#m77 - b5 - 33 - 7 - b53F#maj7 51 - b3 - 5 - b71 - 3 - #5 - 71 - b7 - b3b3 - b7 - 5F#maj7F#91-3-5-71 - 3 - 5 - b7 - 964F#m91-3-5-63 - 7 - #57 - #5 - 33 - 9 - b7b7 - 3 - 937-3-13-7-5561 - b3 - 5 - b7 - 95-3-61-6-346F#maj95 - 9 - b79 - b7 - b35-9-77-3-961-3-5-7-91 - b3 - 5 - 61 - 6 - b35 - b3 - 6F#6/9b3 - b7 - #51 - b3 - #5 - b7b3 - 1 - 5F#m6b7 - b5 - b3F#m7 51 - b3 - 5F#6b3 - b7 - b53F#aug431 - 3 - #51-3-5-6-96-3-93-9-62F#7-5F#dim71 - 3 - b5 - b73 - 1 - #51 - #5 - 3b5 - b3 - bb7bb7 - b5 - b351 - b3 - b5 - bb7b7 - b5 - 33 - b7 - b52F#7 51 - 3 - #5 - b73 - b7 - #5b7 - #5 - 3

Dbmaj36Dbm7-51-3-51 - b3 - b5 - b73-1-51-5-3Dbm6Dbm7 51 - b3 - 53Dbmaj7-51 - b3 - 5 - b71 - 3 - #5 - 7b7 - b3 - 13533 - 7 - b533 - #5 - 7b3 - b7 - 5Db91-3-5-733 - 7 - #531 - 3 - 5 - b7 - 93-1-73b7 - 3 - 93-7-56Dbm91-3-5-623 - 9 - b761 - b3 - 5 - b7 - 96Dbm6b7 - b3 - 95-3-66-3-1Dbmaj935 - 9 - b761-3-5-7-91 - b3 - 5 - 65 - b3 - 66 - b3 - 1335-9-77-3-9Dbaug631 - 3 - #51-3-5-6-96-3-91 - #5 - 33-9-64Dbdim71 - 3 - b5 - b7Db7 537 - b5 - 3Dbmaj7 5Db7-5b3 - b7 - #553 - b7 - 5Dbm7Db6/9b7 - #5 - b31 - 3 - b5 - 7b7 - 3 - 1Db6b3 - b7 - b54b3 - 1 - 51 - 3 - 5 - b7Dbmaj7b7 - b5 - b31 - b3 - #5 - b71 - 5 - b3Db7433 - 1 - #551 - b3 - b5 - bb7b7 - b5 - 33 - b7 - b5b7 - #5 - 33 - b7 - #541 - 3 - #5 - b7bb7 - b5 - b3b5 - b3 - bb7

Abmaj54Abm7-51 - b3 - b5 - b71-3-53-1-5Abm46Abm7 543Abmaj7-54Abmaj7 5b7 - b3 - 153331 - 3 - 5 - b7 - 93-7-533b7 - 3 - 99 - b7 - 33-1-7Abm9221 - b3 - 5 - b7 - 91-3-5-63Abmaj91 - b3 - 5 - 6b7 - b3 - 99 - b7 - b36-3-13-6-5331-3-5-7-96 - b3 - 1b3 - 6 - 5337-3-99-7-3Abaug451 - 3 - #51-3-5-6-99-6-5441 - #5 - 33 - 1 - #56-3-9Abdim71 - 3 - b5 - b7331 - b3 - b5 - bb73 - b7 - b5Ab7 53 - #5 - 73 - 7 - #5Ab91-3-5-7Ab7-5551 - 3 - #5 - 7b3 - b7 - 5Ab6/97 - b5 - 33 - 7 - b5b7 - 3 - 11 - b3 - 5 - b7Abm6551 - 3 - b5 - 73 - b7 - 5Ab6b7 - #5 - b3b3 - b7 - #51 - 5 - b31 - 3 - 5 - b7Abmaj7441 - b3 - #5 - b7b3 - 1 - 5Abm7b7 - b5 - b3b3 - b7 - b51-5-31 - b3 - 5Ab7444b7 - b5 - 341 - 3 - #5 - b73 - b7 - #5b7 - #5 - 3b3 - bb7 - b5bb7 - b5 - b3

Ebmaj351 - b3 - b5 - b71-3-534Ebm7 55 - b3 - 1543 - b7 - 544Ebmaj7 5553 - 7 - b55#5 - 3 - 7Eb953 - 7 - #531 - 3 - 5 - b7 - 93-7-57-3-153Ebm9b7 - 3 - 99 - b7 - 3b7 - b3 - 99 - b7 - b341 - b3 - 5 - b7 - 91-3-5-66-3-143-6-53Ebmaj9531-3-5-7-91 - b3 - 5 - 66 - b3 - 15b3 - 6 - 537-3-9Ebaug49-7-351 - 3 - #51-3-5-6-94Eb7-5#5 - 3 - 19-6-56-3-93 - 1 - #53Ebdim71 - b3 - b5 - bb71 - 3 - b5 - b73 - b7 - b5b5 - 3 - b7Eb7 54b3 - b7 - 51-3-5-7Eb6/9b5 - 3 - 71 - 3 - #5 - 7b7 - b3 - 1Ebm65Ebmaj7-51 - b3 - 5 - b7Eb6b3 - b7 - #51 - 3 - b5 - 7b7 - 3 - 1Ebmaj74#5 - b3 - b7b3 - 1 - 51 - 3 - 5 - b7Ebm74b3 - b7 - b51 - b3 - #5 - b71 - b3 - 5Eb7b5 - b3 - b73-1-55-3-1Ebm4Ebm7-5441 - 3 - #5 - b7#5 - 3 - b73 - b7 - #5b5 - b3 - bb7b3 - bb7 - b5

Bbmaj33Bbm7-51 - b3 - b5 - b71-3-51-5-3Bbm33Bbm7 55 - b3 - 135Bbmaj7-51 - 3 - 5 - b734Bbmaj7 5b5 - 3 - 743 - 7 - #5Bb91-3-5-75#5 - 3 - 751 - 3 - 5 - b7 - 939 - b7 - 37-3-17-5-35Bbm91-3-5-64b7 - 3 - 941 - b3 - 5 - b7 - 91-6-339 - b7 - b36-3-14Bbmaj95b7 - b3 - 951-3-5-7-91 - b3 - 5 - 61 - 6 - b356 - b3 - 159-7-3Bbaug37-3-941 - 3 - #51-3-5-6-96-3-99-6-36Bbdim71 - 3 - b5 - b71 - #5 - 3#5 - 3 - 1b3 - bb7 - b5b5 - b3 - bb751 - b3 - b5 - bb7b5 - 3 - b73 - b7 - b5Bb7 53 - 7 - b57b7 - b3 - 15Bbmaj7Bb7-5#5 - b3 - b71 - 3 - #5 - 71 - b7 - b3Bb6/9b3 - b7 - #57b7 - 3 - 11 - b3 - 5 - b7Bbm641 - 3 - b5 - 71 - b7 - 3Bb66b5 - b3 - b71 - b3 - #5 - b71 - 5 - b3Bbm7b3 - b7 - b55-3-11 - b3 - 5Bb76641 - 3 - #5 - b73 - b7- #5#5 - 3 - b7

3Fmaj1-3-51 - b3 - b5 - b73-1-51 - b3 - #5 - b73F7b3 - b7 - #51 - 5 - b3b3 - 1 - 5b3 - b7 - #57Fmaj7-51 - 3 - 5 - b71 - 3 - b5 - 71 - b7 - 33 - b7 - 53Fm73 - 7 - b53 - 7 - b57Fmaj7 51 - b3 - 5 - b71 - 3 - #5 - 7b3 - b7 - 5F91-3-5-71 - 3 - 5 - b7 - 9539 - b7 - 33 - 9 - b7Fm91-3-5-6527-5-33-7-53 - 7 - #53 - 7 - #51 - b7 - b3Fmaj7451 - b3 - 5 - b7 - 9355 - 9 - b71-6-35-3-6Fm66Fm7 51 - b3 - 5b3 - b7 - b5b3 - b7 - b51-5-33FmF66Fm7-5Fmaj99 - b7 - b3551-3-5-7-91 - b3 - 5 - 61 - 6 - b35 - b3 - 65F6/99-7-35-9-73Faug1 - 3 - #51-3-5-6-96F7-5Fdim71 - 3 - b5 - b71 - #5 - 33 - 1 - #59-6-33-9-6541 - b3 - b5 - bb73 - b7 - b53 - b7 - b56F7 51 - 3 - #5 - b73 - b7 - #53 - b7- #5b5 - b3 - bb7b3 - bb7 - b5

Conjugating 3 Note Chords Chords are a lot like verbs in that their base form can be conjugated to vary them. Outlined below are three chord groups based on different inversions of a major triad. Each form has the root, third or fifth as the lowest note. With the base major triad defined, you can start to alter or