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Chords and Raga – Article 2

Next in the Chords and Raga series….
Mohanam raga in the key of C.
(Major pentatonic scale starting on C)

The notes used in this scale are C, D, E, G, A and C again.

Let us go note by note and see what are the chords that we can possibly bring out using them as the tonic of the chord.

Note C
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1. C5 ( C and G )
2. C ( C E G )
3. C6 ( C E G A )
4. C6/9 ( C E G A D )
5. C9 ( C E G D )

Note D
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6. D5 ( D and A )
7. Dsus4 ( D G A )
8. D7 sus4 ( D G A C )

Note E
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9. Em7 (-5) ( E G D )

Note G
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10. G5( G and D )
11. Gsus4 ( G C D )

Note A
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12. A5 ( A and E )
13. Am ( A C E )
14. Am7 ( A C E G )
15. Asus4 ( A D E )
16. A7sus4 ( A D E G )

Just a casual listing and we end up with a total of 16 unique and different chords from a scale which consists just 5 notes. May be a few more if we dig deep inside further perhaps….Interesting…

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Chords and Raga – Article 1

A small analysis on how to make out different unique chords (atleast the basic types if not advanced added chords much) using the notes of a particular scale or raga of the carnatic System.

for example : let us take the janya ragam Revathi in the key of C.

The notes used in this scale are C, Db, F, G, Bb and C again.

Let us go note by note and see what are the chords that we can possibly bring out using them as the tonic of the chord.

Note C

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1. C5 ( C and G )

2. Csus4 ( C F G )

3. C7sus4 ( C F G Bb )

Note Db

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4. Db b5 ( Db F Abb or G )

*5a. DbM7b5 ( Db F Abb or G C )

Note F

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6. F5 ( F and C )

7. Fsus4 ( F Bb C )

Note G

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8. Gdim ( G Bb Db )

9. Gm7b5 ( G Bb Db F )

Note Bb

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10. Bb5 ( Bb and F )

11. Bbm ( Bb Db F )

12. Bbm6 ( Bb Db F G )

13. Bbm(9) ( Bb Db F C )

*5b. Bbm6(9) ( Bb Db F G C ) same as DbM7b5 but inverted gives it a different name though 🙂

So just 5 degrees(notes) in this raga and we can atleast make out 13 chords in this…May be few more…i guess perhaps…

Wondering how many would be possible in a Melakartha Ragam where there are 7 notes in the scale.

[Nagaraj R]
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