Major Chords – How To Figure Them Out on a Piano or Keyboard

Getting “back to the basics” to answer a bunch of recent questions about chord theory on a piano, Scott “The Piano Guy” Houston shows you the formula for building a Major chord on a piano in any key.


  • Charles J. Johnson JR
    Posted at 12:42h, 24 October Reply

    Well Hello and I have learned from your very simple video “How to Count a Major Chord.

    Keep me In-touch with me>

    Best regards
    your student
    Charles J. Johnson JR

  • Chinnette Stokes
    Posted at 18:47h, 14 January Reply

    Thank you I learn had to figure out what a major
    but how to find minor?

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 13:48h, 16 January Reply

      If the major chord formaula is R-4-3 , the minor chord formula is R-3-4. Simple!

      Basically you just take the middle note of the 3 notes and lower it one half-step to turn a Major into a minor.

  • Joy
    Posted at 16:45h, 24 April Reply

    Thank you for including me in your tips and notes. I am hoping to have a piano and time to practice these lessons one of these days. Until then, I pray God will bless you for the kindness you have shown including me in your free lessons.

  • Christine A Anderson
    Posted at 15:52h, 08 September Reply

    Thank you for the explanation!

  • Kishore Banerjee
    Posted at 17:53h, 25 October Reply

    Dear Sir

    Is it compulsory to play only on left hand. What about Minior Chords? What are they?

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 15:41h, 28 October Reply

      If what you mean is “Do you have to play the chords with your left hand?” then the answer is no. We suggest you do in the beginning, so that it leaves your right hand free to play the melody line. A minor chord is a Major chord with the middle note lowered 1/2 step. We get into all that in the online courses.

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