How to Play a B Flat Major Chord on the Piano

Major Chords

Let’s look at how to play a B flat major chord on the piano. We’ll also learn the pattern for building any other major chord.

What Are Major Chords?

We can build major chords using the first, third and fifth notes of the matching major scale.

You can learn the pattern for building a major scale here.

How to Play a B Flat Major Chord on the Piano

So to play a B flat major chord, we’ll play the first, third and fifth notes of the B flat major scale: B♭ – D – F

b flat major chord piano

We can use this pattern to build any other major chord! All we need to do is play the first, third and fifth notes of the matching major scale.

One way to play creatively with major chords is to use inversions. Inversions are lots of fun to use, because they give us lots of options for playing the same chord in many places all over the piano! You can learn all about inversions and how to play them here.

chord types piano printable pdf

Chord Types Printable

Learn to play 17 types of piano chords using 12 different root notes with this 34-page PDF! Chords are sorted both by their root note (C, D, E, etc.) and type (major, minor, augmented, diminished, etc.).

Other Chord Types

Some other chord types you can learn are:

Minor
Augmented
Diminished
Second
Minor Second
Suspended
Fifth
Sixth
Minor Sixth
Seventh
Minor Seventh
Major Seventh
Ninth
Minor Ninth
Major Ninth

Conclusion

Now you know how to play a B flat major chord on the piano, and you can use this pattern to build any other major chord!

Piano chords are a wonderful way to learn and enjoy music!

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2 Comments

  1. Elaine

    Hi Julie,
    Do any of your printable materials include chord Cadences? Example: Bflat maj cadence in all inversions including which notes to play in the base. Thank you.

    Reply
    • Julie Swihart

      Hi Elaine, thank you for your interest! I have a new freebie for learning to play chords in C major, that includes a chart at the end showing different chord progressions in C major and the inversions you can use to play the chord progressions. You can opt in for that here: https://www.julieswihart.com/learn-to-play-chords-c-major-freebie/
      My “Learn Piano Chords” printable product available on my “shop” page https://www.julieswihart.com/shop/ includes charts showing inversions for major and minor chords, and also includes charts listing chord progressions in each major and minor key, but the progression charts don’t show the inversions to be used.
      Thank you!
      Julie

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