Major, Minor, Seventh, and MORE! Theory Behind Piano Chords.

Piano Chords are the bread and butter of playing the piano or keyboard. Once you know your chords you will be able to take your playing to a whole new level.

A chord is a combination of notes that are played together to make a certain sound.

To help you easily find all the piano chords use the Chord Finder.

Why Chords?

So why are these chords so important?

Chords are used by most piano players to make their life a whole lot easier. If you want to play a song but you don’t want to have to read the music you can use chords to easily play a song right away.

Chords make it easier to play by ear. If you know the chord progressions in a song then you can easily play that song without having to have any music.

Click here if you want to learn how Chords Can Be Made Easy.

Also take a look at some of the most Basic Chords. They are easy to play and necessary to learn when starting piano.

Click here to download a Free 25 page Piano Chord Chart


Types of Chords

There are many different types of chords and they are all built in different ways. Major Chords are the chords that everyone must know. These chords are played in almost all songs and are the easiest ones to find on the piano.

Minor Chord is similar to the Major Chords with one small difference. Click on the link to learn how to build a Minor Chord.

Suspended Chords are also used in a lot of contemporary songs. They are easy to use, and easy to play!

A Seventh Chord and Major Seventh chord are important to know because they can make you music sound totally different. The E7 chord and B7 chord are one of the most common seventh chords. The Major Chords and Minor Chords are basic and will work most of the time but if you want you music to sound different and have more personality you need to learn the Seventh Chord and the Major Seventh Chord.

The more difficult piano chords to play that really make your music sound neat are the Diminished Chords and Augmented Chords. These two chords are really fun. They aren’t used in contemporary music that often. But if you can master them you can throw them to make your arrangement sound different from everyone else's.

Chord Inversions

Once you have learned all of your chords, your will need to lean all the Chord Inversions. Chord inversions are changing the chord up to make it sound totally different.

An inversion will take a boring major chord and make it sound like something brand new.

So think about it......You think all of your songs sound the same. Take the chords in the song and use their inversions and now you have something unique and different.

Chord Chart

Have you been looking for a free piano chord chart? Here is a chord chart with all of the chords you'll need to play all of your favorite songs. Download this printable chord chart and next to your piano for easy reference. Another great tool are our piano diagrams. These are great for a quick lookup of all the chords you will need to play along with a quick way to find these chords on the go!

Once you have a grasp on these chords you can now take your knowledge and start reading Charts. Charts are what the musicians in Nashville use to play their music. Also most church piano and keyboard players play by chord.

Reading chord charts are easy. But looking at the chart may be confusing. So to be able to read most chord charts you need to know your Chord Symbols. Knowing your symbols will let you read almost all chord charts.

Major Chords

C Major Chord
C Major Chord

Db Major Chord
C#/Db Major Chord

D Major Chord
D Major Chord

Eb Major Chord
D#/Eb Major Chord

E Major Chord
E Major Chord

F Major Chord
F Major Chord

Gb Major Chord
F#/Gb Major Chord

G Major Chord
G Major Chord

Ab Major Chord
G#/Ab Major Chord

A Major Chord
A Major Chord

Bb Major Chord
A#/Bb Major Chord

B Major Chord
B Major Chord



Minor Chords

C Minor Chord
C Minor Chord

Db Minor Chord
C#/Db Minor Chord

D Minor Chord
D Minor Chord

Eb Minor Chord
D#/Eb Minor Chord

E Minor Chord
E Minor Chord

F Minor Chord
F Minor Chord

Gb Minor Chord
F#/Gb Minor Chord

G Minor Chord
G Minor Chord

Ab Minor Chord
G#/Ab Minor Chord

A Minor Chord
A Minor Chord

Bb Minor Chord
A#/Bb Minor Chord

B Minor Chord
B Minor Chord

Knowing your piano chords will be one of the most rewarding things you do when learning to play the piano or keyboard. If you learn your chords then you can play almost any song easily.

This doesn't mean that there is no need to learn to read music. To be a great piano play you need to learn your chords and how to read music. Doing both of these will make you a well rounded piano player.

Once you've learned how chords work check out my section on playing Chord Piano. this section will help you take what you learned here and take it to the next level.

Click here to download a Free 25 page Piano Chord Chart

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