Basic Piano Chords (Easy Piano Chords)

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I shall list some basic piano chords (easy piano chords) here. I shall list them according to the key they correspond to. You will learn how to form them.

Some chords on the piano are more common or easier to play than others. For instance it is much easier to play in the key of C (with no sharps and flats) than in the key of F sharp.

I remember starting with simple chords like C, F and G when I started learning to play the piano. I suggest that you do the same. Then you can move to G, C and D or F Bb and C. You can add in the minor chords as listed below.

To learn more about this chord and others, check out my course, Piano Chords: How To Form Basic Chords On Piano And Keyboard.

You can play many songs by simply using I IV V VI chords like C, F, G and Am. Many people learn to play by ear or develop their ears using this method. I can testify of this.

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Major and minor chords are the most basic chords that one can play on piano. To form a major chord you use the root, third and fifth of the major scale. To form a minor chord you use the root, flat third and fifth of the major scale.

Here are some easy piano chords according to key. Learning to play these basic chords will give you a strong foundation to build upon.

Key: C

Basic piano chords in the key of C: C F G Am

Notes of the C chord: C E G
Notes of the F chord: F A C
Notes of the G chord: G B D
Notes of the Am chord: A C E

Key: D

Chords in the key of D: D G A Bm

Notes of the D chord: D F# A
Notes of the G chord: G B D
Notes of the A chord: A C# E
Notes of the Bm chord: B D F#

Key: F

Basic piano chords in the key of F: F Bb C Dm

Notes of the F chord: F A C
Notes of the Bb chord: Bb D F
Notes of the C chord: C E G
Notes of the Dm chord: D F A

Key: G

Chords in the key of G: G C D Em

Notes of the G chord: G B D
Notes of the C chord: C E G
Notes of the D chord: D F# A
Notes of the Em chord: E G B

Key: A

Easy piano chords in the key of A: A D E F#m

Notes of the A chord: A C# E
Notes of the D chord: D F# A
Notes of the E chord: E G# B
Notes of the F#m chord: F# A C#

Key: E

Chords in the key of E: E A B C#m

Notes of the E chord: E G# B
Notes of the A chord: A C# E
Notes of the B chord: B D# F#
Notes of the C#m chord: C# E G#

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After learning these easy piano chords you can move on to chords that are a little more advanced.

Go here for chords sorted by key. (All keys)

Learn how to play all 12 major and minor chords as well as diminished, augmented and seventh chords. You will learn how to form basic piano chords and more advanced ones (such as 9th, 11th and 13th chords) on our main piano chords page. Learn how to play piano chords with the Piano For All piano course.

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