Major Chords Piano

Major chords feature a pleasing, robust sound. Their composition includes three notes – root note, major third and perfect fifth – making them an excellent way to begin learning piano chords!

To create a major chord, begin by playing the root note and counting up three whole tones or (perfect fifth interval) until you have reached your third note – repeat this process for all remaining notes in your chord.


Root chords are the notes on which any chord begins, serving as its identity and remaining consistent no matter if or how a chord changes position or inversion; for instance, inverting C major will still result in C major; just with altered bass notes.

Start learning chords by starting with root, third and fifth interval chords – these are easy to play, yet produce full sounding chords. Their roots are always named by letter names – all white letters except when playing augmented and diminished chords which use sharps (#) or flats (b).

You might see “C maj 7,” for instance. That signifies adding an additional tone above the root; to do this, count the half steps from root note to highest note in scale.


Third chords piano are a key part of learning the instrument. Their bright sound enhances any piece and can leave listeners with positive associations from hearing it. Furthermore, it’s essential to distinguish between major and minor chords, each offering something special within music.

First and foremost, major triad chords must be defined by their distance between notes, measured in half steps. Half steps represent the smallest musical distance between distinct pitches on a piano keyboard.

Distance between root and third is known as major third; between major third and fifth is known as perfect fifth; this gives us our standard C major chord with its notes C, E and G. You may occasionally encounter other forms of major chord such as Cmaj7 written instead; alternatively you might see sus2 or sus4 chord symbols indicating alternative arrangements where third note can be substituted by second or fourth notes in creating altered sounds.


Chord progressions are at the core of all popular songs, rock music and classical pieces – they consist of combinations of major and minor chords to make melodies sing or resonate in musical instruments.

Chord sheets contain root notes as well as their qualities – major or minor depending on which scale the chord was created from.

Example: the distance between C and E (the root) is four half steps – this makes up a major third; on the other hand, C and G (the fifth) differ only by three half steps, making this minor third.

An easy way to play minor chords is by taking any major triad and eliminating its middle note – for instance a C major chord would become D – F# – A. Additionally, you can add to any basic triad by simply adding numbers after its symbol and specifying how many notes will be added above its root (notes are measured using half steps).


If you are unfamiliar with what a bass chord is, it simply refers to the lowest note in any chord. A bassist typically performs this role for maximum depth in your music.

Major chords consist of the root, major third and perfect fifth interval notes that produce an engaging soundscape.

Minor chords offer the opposite sound from major ones – they produce an melancholic atmosphere. Both types can be interchanged to add some unexpected twists! Or combine both to add depth to any song!

Chords can also be enhanced with an additional seventh, creating a different sound. The most frequently-used augmented chord is Major thirteenth (abbreviated as maj13). There are other variations available too, including Minor seventh (M7) and less frequently Major eleventh (maj11). These dissonant tones can add drama to your music.