Chord finger patterns for Ableton Push

Chord finger patterns for Ableton Push

Major/minor scale chord notes
Triad: 1-3-5
4th or add4: 1-3-4-5
6/9: 1-3-5-6-9
7th: 1-3-5-7
9th: 1-3-7-9
11th: 1-7-9-11
13th: 1-3-7-13 (Must use Chromatic layout)

When choosing inversions for the chords above, the tips below can help shape the sound nicely.

9th: Leave out the 5th sometimes, see how it sounds.
11th: Leave out the 3rd and/or the 5th sometimes, see how it sounds.
13th: Leave out the 5th, 9th and/or the 11th sometimes, see how it sounds. If you include the 11th in a major scale you might like it best if you make it a sharp; minor scale no worries, leave it regular.

*Power Chords*
If you just hit the root note and the 5th note of the chord you are going for you can play this way in more scales and get away with more. But it won’t sound nearly as lush as 7ths/9ths/11ths etc…

In a future update I’ll be adding some layout mapping images below that I made, to encourage becoming familiar with where the 1/5/7/9/11 notes lay on the Push matrix in key mode:


Chord Construction
Major scale: Root (1) + 4HS (3) + 3HS (5) + 4HS (7) + 3HS (9) + 3HS (11) + 4HS (13)
Minor scale: Root (1) + 3HS (3) + 4HS (5) + 3HS (7) + 3HS (9) + 3HS (11) + 4HS (13)


Scale Formulas

Helpful info for navigating the chromatic layout:
Whole tone = Whole Step
Semitone = Half Step (also helpful when transposing in session/clip view)
*There are 12 half steps (HS) or semitones in one octave
*The 4 chord in a major scale is 5 HS/Semitones up and 7 HS/Semitones down. You can use this formula for altering clips and clip duplicates into harmonic transpositions based on I/IV/V chord voicings for example; especially useful when using Ableton’s built in “Chord” midi effect plugin…


Other scale note maps:

Natural Minor: R, W, H, W, W, H, W, W
Harmonic Minor: R, W, H, W, W, H, 1 1/2, H
Minor pentatonic blues scale: R, 1 1/2, W, W, 1 1/2, W
Melodic Minor Scale (up): R, W, H, W, W, W, W, H

Melodic Minor Scale (down): R, W, W, H, W, W, H, W
Dorian Mode: R, W, H, W, W, W, H, W
Mixolydian Mode: R, W, W, H, W, W, H, W


Robbie James from Lostbeat made some cool charts:
In Key Mode fingerings: https://goo.gl/5GXbg6
*Chromatic Mode fingerings: click to see the image above and the following photo after his key mode photo should be the chromatic layout image.

Subaqueous Music has a nice image and article:
http://subaqueousmusic.com/looking-at-notes-on-push/

Alexander at hear and know has a good read with some nice images/video: https://hearandknow.wordpress.com/category/daw/ableton/push/


Enjoy!