If you’ve made it this far, you’re well on your way to knowing how to play the piano! Let’s go through and learn how to form major and minor chords:
With major chords, all you have to do is remember the 4-3 formula. Put your first finger on the note that is named after whichever major chord you want to play.
So for example, let’s say you want to play a C major chord. Put your first finger on C. Place your second finger 4 keys to the right (make sure you count the black keys!). Add your third finger 3 keys to the right of that (don’t forget those black keys!). Congratulations – you just played a C major chord.
Got that? Good – let’s move on to minor chords. The formula for minors is 3-4.
For a C minor, do the same thing you did before but just reverse the formula.
First, place your first finger on C again. Now put your second finger 3 keys to the right, and your third finger 4 keys to the right from that. There you have it! You’re playing a C minor chord.
That wasn’t so bad, was it? Now you can practice applying what you’ve learned for any chord you want to play. All you have to do is place your first finger on whichever key you want to play a chord for, and count upwards from there to find where to place your other two fingers.
Go ahead, try out a few more chords and practice changing them back and forth from major to minor.