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Full List of Piano Chords

This is a full list of piano chords and keyboard chords. There are 420 piano chords listed here and you can click a link to select the piano chord you require. The keys to play for each piano chord are highlighted on the next page. At the bottom of this page there is an FAQ section where common questions about piano chords are answered. These include questions like How do you play a Piano Chord and What is a Chord?

 

The Piano Chord Map

Full List of Piano Chords Translated

Accords Piano (FR)

Piano akkoorden (NL)

Piano / Klavier Akkorden (DE)

Pianoforte Accordi (IT)

Piano Acordes (ES)

FAQs ; What are the Piano Chords, how do you play Piano Chords ?

If you are learning piano, you may ask about Piano Chords. What are chords? What are Piano Chords? How do you Play Piano Chords? What fingers do you use to play piano chords? This section will attempt to answer these questions.

What is a chord?

A chord in music theory is a set of three or more notes which are played together. The chord would form harmony in music or can support the overlying melody. Chords are divided into types, such as major chords, minor chords, 7th, Major 7th, Diminished chords, augmented chords, suspended chords and many more. On the Piano if you play 3 or more notes at the same time then you are playing a chord. The most simle piano chord is that of  C Major, where you play the notes C E and G. 

How do you construct a Chord?

In order to construct a chord you need to know what is involved in each chord type.The chord of C Major includes the root note of C, the 3rd note E and the 5th note G. In order to make a C minor chord, it is the same but you flatten the 3rd note (reduce by one semi-tone) and this becomes Eb. In order to make C7 chord, you have the usual C E G combination but add a 7th note of Bb.

Now that you know how to construct the C chord the pattern is the same for any other note, e.g. D. The chord of D Major includes the root note of D, the 3rd note F# and the 5th note A. In order to make a D minor chord, it is the same but you flatten the 3rd note (reduce by one semi-tone) and this becomes F. In order to make D7 chord, you have the usual D F# A combination but add a 7th note of C.

o for each chord type, eg. Major, Minor, Diminished, 7th, Major7th – you need to understand the pattern. After that, you just move the chord to whichever root it should be played at.

How do you play piano chords?

If you can understand the theory of the first two points above, playing a chord on a piano should be easier. Knowing the notes and the patterns will certainly make it easier.  To play a piano chord, simply play all the notes in the chord at the same time. The chord will need to be played with specific fingers, in order to make it easier to play. e.g. the piano chord of CMaj would be played on the right hand with Thumb, 2nd finger and 4th finger. As you learn your piano chords, you will learn the right piano fingerings for each chord.

Does it matter what order I play the notes of a piano chord?

No, infact that is what it is all about. If you look at the chord of C which is the notes C E and G. You can play that chord as G C E ;   E G C or the original C E G – this is known as a chord inversion. If you are playing a song and it doesn’t sound like it should, then perhaps you should try pay a different inversion of the chord.

I can play Chords on my Piano but when I have to change chords it takes me a while to play the next chord … what’s wrong?

This is just practice. As you learn more and more chords you may get confused about which notes are in the chord of F or A for example. That is just practice. The more you practice changing chords the quicker you become.

One chord exercise you could try might be to play the chords F Am Dm Bb C and see how long it takes you, if you practice over and over you will get faster and that really is key.

One mental exercise you can do to understand chords is to understand how the chords are formed in the first place.
E.g. Major chords are contructed as the ROOT the 3rd and the 5th keys
So for the chord of C – the root is C  the 3rd is E and the 5th is G == C  E  G is the chord of C major
Likewise for the chord of E – the root is E  the 3rd is G# and the 5th is B == E   G#  B is the chord of E major

 

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