What Are the 12 Major Chords?


There are 12 major chords that you can play on the piano. To make a major chord, you play the 1st, 3rd, and 5th notes of a major scale together.
For example, the C major scale has the notes: C,D,E,F,G,A,B,C. So you use C E G to make the major chord.

Keep in mind that you call one black note by 2 names, like C# and Db. Chords like this have the same notes but are called and written differently. Both ways will be written here.


Major chords are written as just a letter name. Here they are:

Chord Notes Picture
C C E G  c major chord
C# C# E# G# c sharp major chord
Db Db F Ab d flat major chord
D D F# A d major chord
Eb Eb G Bb e flat major chord
E E G# B e major chord
F F A C f major chord
F# F# A# C#
Gb Gb Bb Db major chords
G G B D major chords
Ab Ab C Eb major chords
A A C# E major chords
Bb Bb D F major chords
B B D# F# major chords


These major chords are the most common ones you’ll come across when playing a song. Learning and knowing these will get you a long way. To learn some more kinds of chords, go to minor chords or back to chord charts.


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