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.

About Major Chords

Major chords are written as just a letter name. They come from major scales and use the 1st, 3rd and 5th notes of the scale with the same name. (You can learn more about this on the chord theory page.)

Here they are:

C Sharp Major ChordC# = C# E# G#
D Major ChordD = D F# A
D Flat Major ChordDb = Db F Ab
E Major ChordE = E G# B
E Flat Major ChordEb = Eb G Bb
F Major ChordF = F A C
F Sharp Major ChordF# = F# A# C#
G Flat Major ChordGb = Gb Bb Db
A Major ChordA = A C# E
A Flat Major ChordAb = Ab C Eb
B Flat Major ChordBb = Bb D F
B Major ChordB = B D# F#

Video Playlist of the 12 Major Chords

Chart of The 12 Major Chords (+ 2)

Charts can be useful and here is one for you. This is the chart of all the major chords for piano. You can also find this and the individual major chords at Piano Lessons on Pinterest.

Chart of Major ChordsChart of Major Chords

Old School Chart:

This is the original chart of the major chords I published on the site. I've just left it up here as it shows things slightly differently and you may find it useful. 

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
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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