Piano Chords Made Easy

This piano chords made easy page will enable you to quickly learn how chords are formed.  Any beginner musician can learn how to create a major chord, minor chord, diminished chord, augmented chord or seventh chord.

Piano Chords Chart
All of the piano chord notes are explained and demonstrated in every detail.  Please reference the Piano Chords Chart page after viewing the piano video tutorial below.

Piano Chords Made Easy Major Chords

Major chords are used to express happy emotions are created using a very simple formula.

Begin with any note in the musical alphabet (a, b, c, d, e, f or g) and call it the root of the major chord.  Looking at the diagram use the letter C to build our major chord.  Notice the notes in this C chord are C, E and G.

piano chords made easy
C Major Chord

Look at the keyboard diagram on the right. The Root is C. The Third is E. The Fifth of the chord is G.

Use the 2 step formula below to spell ANY major chord:

1. Count up 4 half steps (very next note black or white) from C to reach E.

2. Then count up 3 half steps up from E to reach G.

Now you have a C MAJOR chord which includes the notes C, E and G.  Repeat this same process on any note on the piano. Then you will have another major chord. One example is D, F sharp and A for a D MAJOR chord. Another example is B flat, D and F for the B flat MAJOR chord.

Minor Chords

Minor chords create a sad or mysterious emotional impact to the listener and are created by first starting with your hand position on a MAJOR chord such as a C Major Chord described in the previous paragraph on Major chords.

Simply lower the 3rd note of C Major from E to E flat and then play the C Minor Chord which is spelled C, E flat and G.   Another example would be starting with the D Major Chord of D, F sharp and A, then lowering the F sharp to plain old F to create the D Minor Chord spelled D, F and A.

Diminished Chords

Diminished chords are often used to create a feeling of suspense in music and are created by starting with a minor chord such as c minor which includes the notes C, E flat and G.

By simply lowering the 5th by one half step (lower G to G flat) you have created the c minor diminished chord spelled C, E flat and G flat.


Augmented Chords

Augmented chords are also used to create dissonance or suspense in music and are created using the major chord as a starting point.  For example, begin with the C MAJOR chord of C, E and G and raise (or sharp) the 5th note of G up to G sharp.  Voila!

You now have created the C Augmented chord spelled, C, E and G sharp.  Of all the chord forms discussed in this piano post, the augmented chord is used the least often.

Seventh Chords

The final chord you are learning to spell is the seventh chord.  To do this begin with ANY MAJOR CHORD and add a minor third on top of it.  An example of this would be to begin with C Major spelled C, E and G and add a B flat to create a C Major Seventh Chord.

Remember, a minor third is made up of 3 half steps so three half steps above G on the piano keyboard is B flat.

Be sure to view the video tutorial above and then reference the Piano Chords Chart Download to view the notes of all 60 chords as illustrated by red dots on the piano keyboard.

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