Introduction: How to Play Piano Chords for Beginners

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In this instructable, you will learn how to play any major or minor chord on piano.

What is a chord ?

A Chord is a combination of notes played at the same time. There are different chord types but major and minor chords are the most common and easy to learn for beginners.

Major and minor chords are both triads, meaning they are made up of 3 notes: the lowest note (called the "Root"), the middle note (aka the "Third") and the top note (aka the "Fifth").

A major chord sounds happy and a minor chord sounds sad.

In this instructable, you will learn how to play any major or minor chord.

If you are not familiar with piano notes, go to my instructables How to Play Piano and Easy Piano Songs for Beginners.

You can find more details and piano tutorials on my website:

www.piano-tutorials.com

You can also read my reviews of piano lessons for beginners like this:

A review of piano lessons for beginners

Step 1: Piano Chord Fingering

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For your piano chord fingering, you will most likely be using 5 – 3 – 1 on left and 1 – 3 – 5 on right.

Step 2: Major Chords

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In a major chord, you have 3 notes between the root note and the middle note and 2 notes between the middle note and the top note. And that's all you need to know to play any major chord.

For example, a C Major chord means that the root note is C. Then the middle note is E and the top note is G.

Step 3: How to Play Major Chords

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The root note (first note) is the chord name.

In a major chord, you have 3 notes between the root note and the middle note and 2 notes between the middle note and the top note.

Step 4: Minor Chords

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In a minor chord, you have 2 notes between the root note and the middle note and 3 notes between the middle note and the top note. And that's all.

For example, an A Minor chord means that the root note is A. Then the middle note is C and the top note is E.

Step 5: How to Play Minor Chords

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The root note (first note) is the chord name.

In a minor chord, you have 2 notes between the root note and the middle note and 3 notes between the middle note and the top note.

You have learned how to play any major or minor chord and how basic chords work.

You can find more details and piano tutorials on my website:

www.piano-tutorials.com

Comments

Zak Davis (author)2017-03-09

Thanks for the great article.

I'll put these awesome piano tips to work right away.

Another thing that really helped me a lot is this:

http://www.bestquicktips.com/pianotips

Thanks again!

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