Let’s take a look at how to play a D major chord on the piano. We’ll also learn the pattern for building any major chord.
How to Build Major Chords
Major chords are built using the first, third and fifth notes of the matching major scale.
This post explains major chords in more detail, if you’d like the full explanation.
How to Play a D Major Chord
Let’s build a D major chord on the piano. To build the chord, we’ll play the first, third and fifth notes of the D major scale: D – F♯ – A.
D – F♯ – A
The patterns on the piano can be replicated again and again to find new chords. We don’t have to memorize the notes for each chord if we can memorize the pattern for building the chord type!
Other Chord Types
There are many other chord types you can learn. Here are some others:
Now you know how to build a D major chord on the piano, and you can use that knowledge to build any other major chord.
Piano chords are a wonderful way to learn the piano, because understanding chords helps you understand the piano as an instrument, seeing the patterns and relationships between the notes. Chords also offer lots of room for creativity (try using inversions)!