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Piano Chords

The first key to remember when trying to make sense of the piano chord is that they’re based on…you guessed it…piano scales! In our examples, we will use the key of “C” but the formula applies to all keys.

Remember that the major piano scale for the key of C is C,D,E,F,G,A,B,C – where the first “C” is the root of all chords in the key of “C”.

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One more thing: We use the terms lowered or raised a lot below.

  • “lowered” means shifted down one-half step or made flat (flat).
  • “raised” means shifted up one-half step or made sharp (sharp).

We will reference this scale in our examples below.

There are Four Main Piano Chord Types each are further distinguished by what’s often referred to as their quality (Major, Minor, Augmented, Diminished, Suspended):

  • Triad
  • Seventh
  • Extended
  • Other

Let’s explore the construction of the triad chords…


Remember triads are the simplest chord pattern consisting of only three notes.

triad piano chord

Further, these three-note (triad) chords can be one of the following:


Symbol: M or maj, implied if no symbol is present

This the probably the most basic and familiar chord form.

It consist of the 1st, 3rd and 5th note in a major piano scale.

Example: Cmaj or CM = C E G


Symbol: m

This the probably the second most basic chord form.

It consist of the 1st, lowered 3rd and 5th notes in the scale.


Cm = C Eb G


Symbol: dim or o

Just like the name suggest, a diminished triad chord is a minor triad chord with the last note diminished or lowered one-half step.

It consist of the 1st, lowered 3rd and lowered 5th notes in the scale.

Example: Cdim or Co = C Eb Gb


Symbol: aug or +

Just like the name suggest, an augmented triad chord will last note in the chord augmented or raised one-half step.

It consist of the 1st, 3rd and raised 5th notes in the scale.

Example: Caug or C+ = C E G#

Suspended or Suspended Fourth:

Symbol: sus or sus4

Just like the name suggest, a suspended chord is a chord that when played doesn’t sound “resolved” The listener is sort left “hanging” or suspended, waiting for another note or chord to finish the sequence. It’s like the following incomplete sentence: “Once you play a chord…”

It ends without giving you what you need to complete the thought.

In a suspended chord the 3rd note is typically replaced by the 4th note.

It consist of the 1st, 4th and 5th notes (sometimes the 3rd note is also played)

Example: Csus or Csus4 = C F G



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The Many Benefits of Taking Piano Lessons Online

by Tania Gleaves on June 8, 2015

If you’ve ever wanted to play the piano but think that you don’t have time now that you are a working adult, think again! Piano lessons online make it easy to pick up your old hobby or learn a new one.

When most of us think about taking piano lessons, we think about having a weekly appointment with the local piano “god” or “goddess.” You go to the local piano celebrity’s house once a week and shell out for a half hour of scales and over the shoulder correction.

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But those days are long gone with piano lessons online!

There are dozens of programs and systems available online that will teach you to play the piano. Before you begin though, you’ll need to make sure that you have a computer with speakers.

Most, if not all, computers today come with speakers or have them built in. If you don’t like the sound quality coming from your speakers, you can get new ones for relatively cheap. Computer speakers are available at electronics stores and office supply stores.

Its important to have speakers because good piano lessons online will include audio samples. Listening to audio samples is invaluable when you are learning the piano.

The next step is to search through the dozens of piano school options online. Your first factor should be your budget. How much do you want to spend per month on your lessons?

However, before you grab the first bargain basement piano program you see, consider the features that the program offers. At minimum, good piano lessons online should include:

  • A way to communicate with a professional instructor
    A money back guarantee or a trial period
  • Ongoing lessons
  • The ability to set your own pace for your lessons
  • Sample lessons

The other options are just icing on the cake. You can choose from having a live instructor walk you though each lesson, or teaching yourself and having an instructor available if you get stuck. You can also find programs that have forums where piano students can get together and discuss their lessons.

Before you make any sort of investment though, you should look at the sample lessons provided. If a program doesn’t have sample lessons…find something else!

Piano lessons online are a commitment, and you want to be comfortable and get the most for your money. Take a look at the sample lessons before you buy so you know what you can expect.

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Free Piano Chords – They’re The Path To Beautiful Music

June 6, 2015

Piano music is much more beautiful when it’s played with free piano chords because chords create harmony. Built from single notes starting with the first note or root of the simple major triad chords are the result of playing a root note (also called the tonic or degree I), a third tone above the first […]

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Piano Chords – More Than Just a Group of Notes

June 5, 2015

At their most basic, piano chords are formed by playing three or more notes simultaneously. The combinations that result set the mood of a musical piece – happy, sad, powerful, soulful, etc. Historically, major chords have always evoked positive emotions while minor piano chords evoke the opposite. That’s a fairly simplistic observation, but it gives […]

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Chord Progressions – The Basic DNA of Music

May 29, 2015

Many things in life have a pattern. In music, we refer to those patterns as chord progressions. They are simply a sequence of chords that tends to repeat throughout the song. Have you ever noticed how easy it can be to learn a new song you hear on the radio? Sometimes it only takes hearing […]

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Top 10 Ways To Effectively Practice Piano

May 28, 2015

Let us start by admitting piano practice isn’t always fun. At times, it can be as grueling a task as mopping the floor or teaching your York Terrier to roll over (even when he hasn’t done it for the hundredth time). The key thing about piano practice however, is that it isn’t really supposed to […]

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How Popular Chord Progression Works – A Simple Guide

May 26, 2015

What is a popular chord progression? Chord progressions are actually series of chords which are played one after the other to produce a harmonious tune. By now you have learned the different piano chords and may have memorized them a bit. The knowledge you have about chords will help you a lot in playing the […]

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Extended Piano Chords

April 27, 2015

As the name suggest, extended piano chords extend beyond the range of the major scale. Recall that chords are created with respect to there corresponding scales. For example, the major scale of “G” has this 8-note sequence: G,A,B,C,D,E,F#,G. Chords that require notes beyond the 8th note (e.g. the last “G”) are extended piano chords. The […]

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Beginner Piano Lessons

April 16, 2015

Welcome to what I believe is one of the easiest beginner piano lessons you will find anywhere. I’ve built this introduction to piano based on the experiences I’ve had successfully teaching countless others. My method is to keep it simple, make everything make sense, and move at a pace that keeps things interesting. When you […]

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Top Five Ways To Play Piano By Ear

April 12, 2015

Learn scales and try to pick them out in the music you hear. One of the top five ways to play piano by ear is by learning (at the very least) what scales are and what they sound like. Scales are a series of octave-specific notes that are played in a particular pattern or order. […]

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