There are 12 major chords that you can play on the piano - one for each note. 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. 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.)
The chord title for a major chord is just the root note and can include a sharp (#) or a flat (b).
As you can see, some of the major chords overlap. They are essentially the same as each other but have different names. You would be play the exact same notes on the piano however.
These chords are:
C# major and Db major.
F# major and Gb major.
You could technically call almost any chord by multiple names, like A# major and Bb major but the chords here are based off of key signatures.
We have the keys of C#, Db, F# and Gb. We don't have a key called A# so that is why you won't find an A# major chord here.
When I explain this to my piano students, some really struggle with the logic of it all. Why have two names? Why not just have one? Why not make it easier?
If this is you, a good thing to learn about is key signatures. They are a foundational aspect to chords, understanding chord names and formulas and the basis for a lot of theory.
I have created a play list of how to play all the major chords and you can use that below to learn them. I'd recommend learning every major chord as it will create a very strong foundation for moving forward with chords.
If you want to access the full playlist, just click the title of the video below and it will take you to Youtube where you'll see the full playlist.
Piano chord 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 Info on Pinterest.
This is the original chart of the major chords I published here on Piano Lessons Info. It shows the chords in a slightly different way and you may find it useful.
|C||C E G|
|C#||C# E# G#|
|Db||Db F Ab|
|D||D F# A|
|Eb||Eb G Bb|
|E||E G# B|
|F||F A C|
|F#||F# A# C#|
|Gb||Gb Bb Db|
|G||G B D|
|Ab||Ab C Eb|
|A||A C# E|
|B||B D# F#|
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.
We have created a little quiz or game for you to practice coming up with the notes in the different major chords.
They are not all in root position and will help you to work out which chords you remember the notes of and which ones you don't.
You may also find it helpful, if you're learning piano and piano chords to see all of the chords on the keys themselves.
So here is the major chords chart on piano keys:
Subscribe below and get free access to the (printable) Ultimate Chord Cheat Sheet.
Nov 20, 23 10:21 PM
Oct 24, 23 12:20 AM
Oct 09, 23 09:23 PM