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:
Video Playlist of the 12 Major Chords
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.
|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.
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