I was recently looking at the the definition of a chord and got me thinking about the max size of a chord.
A chord, in music, is any harmonic set of three or more notes that is heard as if sounding simultaneously. These need not actually be played together: arpeggios and broken chords may, for many practical and theoretical purposes, constitute chords.
Typically, chords are built in 3rds and the biggest chord I know is a 13th chord which can have seven notes in it, but usually have some note omitted because of it's size (the 9th and the 11th are optional). The 13th chord uses every scale degree in its construction, but there are 12 named notes and there are also quarter tones not to mention all the frequencies in between each note.
Because of this, I have two questions:
- What is the theoretical max chord size?
- What is the practical max chord size? (A chord that a musician or a group of musicians could play)