How to Play Piano Major Chords

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Today we are going to learn how to play all the major triad chords on the piano on root position 1st and 2nd inversion .

The major triad is a chord composed by the root Major 3rd and perfect 5th

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And between the 3rd and the 5th there is a minor 3rd

So it’s composed by 2 intervals.

A major interval and a minor interval C major triad. This is a C major chord on root position The root position is when the root is on the bottom of the chord. C major triad root position, root on the bottom.

For the 1st inversion we just take the root and bring it up one octave C major 1st inversion. The position is 3, 5, 1 First inversion in when the root is at the top of the chord.

And for the second inversion we bring the 3rd up one octave. 5, 1, 3. The 2nd inversion is when the root it’s on the middle of the chord. C major triad 2nd inversion. On today’s exercises were gonna play All major triad chords using both hands in all inversion.

For the major triad chords in root position we use the following formula. 1, 5 on the Left Hand which is a 5th interval. And 1, 3, 5 on the Right Hand.

We are playing the C major triad chord with both hands or root position Now we’re gonna play all the major chords on root position with both hands

Going up the chromatic scale for two octaves. From this C To this C from this C major To this C major. Up and down the chromatic scale.

Let’s start with C major Let’s continue up 1 more Octave. C Major. And now we go backwards. Starting on C Major B Major And now we are gonna play all the major chords on first inversion with both hands Going up and down the chromatic scale.

For the first inversion We use the following formula. 1, 5, 1 on the left hand. And 3, 5, 1 on the right hand. OK, let’s go up the chromatic scale.

And now going down the chromatic scale. starting on C major B Major And for the 2nd inversion We use the following formula. 1, 5, 1 on the Left Hand. And 5, 1, 3 on the right hand.

No let’s go up the chromatic scale. C Major. C Major. Let’s continue one more octave. And now let’s go back down. From C major B Major Keep going down one more octave.

And for the last one. We’ll play all the major chords on 2nd inversion. But using a different formula on the left hand. On the Left Hand we use 1, 3. And 5, 1, 3 on the Right Hand.

Let’s go up. C, C And now we go down from C major, B… And this concludes today’s video on major triads.

Practice the exercises but do not worry about speed. The Goal is to imprint the major chords into our memory.

And as always have a good practice!.

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