Skip to content

How to work out Major chords

by samantha on June 27, 2012

Major chords are a key part in learning to play music on the piano and keyboard. Every song is developed around a chord structure so by learning how to play chords in their root position will prove beneficial when you get to a piece of music that requires chords in the right or left hand section.

Major chords are the happy sounding chords you will hear when listening to music. Chords consist of 3 notes grouped together. When struck down at the same time they create a chord and a great powerful sound.

A quick way to work out any major chord is to use the following formula: -

R (STANDS FOR YOUR ROOT NOTE, SO THE CHORD YOU WANT TO WORK OUT) + 4 STEPS + 3 STEPS.

Two examples of Major chords are: -

C MAJOR – C E G

E MAJOR – E G# B

A quick way to work out any minor chord is to use the following formula: -

R (Your root note) + 3 STEPS + 4 STEPS.

Two examples of Minor chords are:

A  MINOR – A C E

B MINOR – B D F#

To play these chords in your right hand, try using fingers  – 1 3 5/1 2 4. 1 is your thumb and 5 is your little finger.

To play these chords in your left hand, try using fingers – 5 3 1/5 2 1.

 

 

Comments are closed.