Intro to 3 Note Piano Chords for Beginners
Author: Debbie Baker
Beginners are often intimidated by chords on the piano, when in fact they're nothing more then several keys being played at once. The tough part is knowing which keys to play. In this article I'll introduce you to 3 note chords and how to easily discover the right notes to play.
3 Note Chords
Basic piano chords are 3 notes all taken from the same scale. So in order to begin learning piano chords you will want to be familiar with the scales for the given chord you want to play.
Example: To play a C chord you should be familiar with the C major scale.
First Third and Fifth
A 3 note chord is made up of the 1st, 3rd and 5th notes from a given scale. So if you want to play a C major chord you would look at the C major scale and pick out the first, third and fifth notes from that scale and play them all at the same time.
C major scale: C D E F G A B
The name of a chord is designated by it's root note which is also the first note. So for the C chord the first note is the C note and that is also known as the root.
By first looking at the scale for the chord you want to play, then knowing where those notes are on the piano you can formulate any 3 note chord. A trick is you only really need to know the location of the first note and then move up from the first to the 3rd and 5th.
Use your Thumb for the first note, your middle finger for the third note and your pinky finger for the fifth note. This is the proper technique for playing 3 note chords.
Learn your Scales
If you haven't realized it already your scales are the key to understanding how to create piano chords. So if you haven't been start practicing your scale. It's not the most fun but it will speed up your learning of different piano chords.
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If you're just starting out I'd suggest getting a piano lesson dvd to first learn your scales then start learning chords. Read about an excellent course we recommend to beginners in this learn and master piano review