Let’s look at how to play an E major chord on the piano. We’ll also look at the pattern for building any other major chord.
What Are Major Chords?
Major chords are built using the first, third and fifth notes of the matching major scale.
You can learn how to build a major scale here.
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, etc.).
How to Play an E Major Chord
So to build an E major chord, we’ll need to play the first, third and fifth notes of the E major scale: E – G♯ – B
You can use this pattern to build any other major chord. Just play the first, third and fifth notes of the matching major scale.
Major chords are very common, and learning how to play different ones lays a great foundation for your piano playing.
One thing I like to do when playing major and minor chords is to use inversions. Inversions are when we rearrange the notes of a chord so the root, the note the chord is named after, is not at the bottom. You can learn all about inversions and how to play them here.
Now you know how to build an E major chord on the piano, and you can use that knowledge to build any other major chord!
Using chords to learn and enjoy the piano is a wonderful way to play and create music.