Basic Piano Chords


Did you know that with a few basic piano chords you could play literally millions of songs?

You could actually chose four - C, F, G, am - and play many many songs with just those four. 

Songs with chords are often not too complex. Some are, but many are definitely not. Learning the basic chords will get you a long way and you can do so. 

Basic Piano Chords

Where to Start:

The most basic piano chords are called major chords. There is another type called minor chords that are also very common.

Learning a few major chords and a few minor chords is a great start.

Here we'll give you a basic understanding of chords and then list the ones that are great to start with. 

A Basic Understanding of Chords:

Chords are made up of 3, 4 or more notes. Major chords are made from the 1st, 3rd and 5th notes of a major scale. Basically that means you play every other note until you are playing 3 notes.

Here are some of the most common (and easiest to play) piano chords:

Basic Piano Chords Chart

Here's a quick video on where the chords are on the piano:


With these chords you can play a number of songs. I would recommend looking up the chords for some of the songs you like. If they don't look too complicated try practicing the chords you know with those songs.


If you are not sure what to play exactly, read the page on how to play chords.

If you want to move on from basic chords you can start learning how to read chords or understanding chord titles.

Be sure to also download (free!) the Ultimate Chord Cheat Sheet below. 

If you want to take a course in piano and learn more chords, my favourite course to recommend is Piano For All. It's great at teaching chords, not only what they are but how to play them. 

Piano For All

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