Music Theory

Making Chords from the Major Scale

A little on chords themselves: a major chord is made up of three notes, 1st 3rd 5th (from it's major scale). A minor chord changes slightly and is made up of 1st b3rd 5th (the 3rd is dropped by a fret). You can see this in any given open chord major and minor pairing.

That being the case, we can turn the notes of the major scale into full chords by taking each degree and finding its relative 3rd and 5th. Following that process we get:

1st - Major

2nd - Minor

3rd - Minor

4th - Major

5th - Major

6th - Minor

7th - Diminished

Therefore if we took the G Major Scale, the chords in the key of G Major would be: G Am Bm C D Em F#dim.

Just like in the scale, these chords would naturally resolve to the root (G). 

Some common major keys in songs: E, G, C, A, D