How to Play Piano Chords in B Major

Major Key Chords

Let’s look at how to find and play the piano chords in the key of B major. We can use the chords for the key of B major to create chord progressions and play creatively in the key of B.

How to Find Chords for B Major

To find the chords for B major, we first need to build a B major scale (learn how to build a major scale here).

The notes of a B major scale are:

B – C♯ – D♯ – E – F♯ – G♯ – A♯ – B

Now we’ll build a “1 – 3 – 5” chord off each note of the scale, using only the notes of the scale to build the chords.

So starting on B, we’ll count “1 – 3 – 5” to build our first chord. When we do this, we get our first chord: B – D♯ – F♯

Then we’ll start on C♯ and do the same thing. We’ll build a “1 – 3 – 5” chord using only the notes of the scale. When we do, we get: C♯ – E – G♯

Next we’ll start on D♯, and using only the notes of the scale, we’ll build another “1 – 3 – 5” chord: D♯ – F♯ – A♯

We can continue following this pattern, building a chord off each note of the B major scale, and using only the notes of the scale to build the chords.

Piano Chords for the Key of B Major

Here are the chords for the key of B major:

B – D♯ – F♯ = B major chord

C♯ – E – G♯ = C minor chord

D♯ – F♯ – A♯ = D♯ minor chord

E – G♯ – B = E major chord

F♯ – A♯ – C♯ = F♯ major chord

G♯ – B – D♯ = G♯ minor chord

A♯ – C♯ – E = A♯ diminished chord

chords for major keys piano chord charts pdf

Chords for Major Keys Printable

This 21-page PDF will help you learn the chords for every major key! Use these chords to build chord progressions and play creatively.

Other Major Key Chords

You can find chords for the other major keys below:

C Major Chords
G Major Chords
D Major Chords
A Major Chords
E Major Chords
F Sharp Major Chords
C Sharp Major Chords
F Major Chords
B Flat Major Chords
E Flat Major Chords
A Flat Major Chords
D Flat Major Chords
G Flat Major Chords
C Flat Major Chords

Enharmonic Keys

Some keys are considered “enharmonic”. This means they use the same notes on the piano, but can go by two different names.

The key of B major is enharmonic with C flat major, because these two keys use the same notes on the piano, but are labeled differently.

There are six total enharmonic keys:

B major and C flat major
F sharp major and G flat major
C sharp major and D flat major

To understand these relationships better, take a look at the circle of fifths.

How to Label the Chords

There are four different types of “1 – 3 – 5” chords:

Major
Minor
Augmented
Diminished

The difference between these types depends on the intervals used to build the chords (you can learn all about piano intervals here).

But to summarize:

Major chords are built using the first, third and fifth notes of the matching major scale.

Minor chords are major chords with the middle note lowered 1/2 step.

Augmented chords are major chords with the upper-note raised 1/2 step.

Diminished chords are minor chords with the upper-note lowered 1/2 step.

When we build a chord off each note of the major scale, using only the notes of the scale to build the chords, we’ll always get these chord types in this order:

Major
Minor
Minor
Major
Major
Minor
Diminished

You can use this pattern to find the chords for any major key!

Primary Chords for the Key of B Major

Each major key has three chords called “primary” chords. We can find the primary chords for a major key by building a chord off the first, fourth and fifth notes of the matching major scale.

The primary chords for B major are:

B major
E major
F♯ major

We’ll use these chords often when playing in the key of B major.

Conclusion

Now you know how to find and play the piano chords in the key of B major, and you can use that knowledge to find the chords for any major key!

Using chords is a wonderful way to learn the piano, because chords create so many possibilities!

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