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How to play an A major chord on piano

In this lesson you’ll learn how to play every variation of a chord of A major on piano, including its root position, first inversion and second inversion.

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A major - Root position

Play chord of A major
A major on piano

The notes required to play a chord of A major on piano are as follows:

  • A
  • C#
  • E

For the standard root position of A major, use your left hand to play two A notes, one octave apart. Then play a triad chord with your right hand, using all three notes of A, C# and E.

A major root position on piano
Here's how it sounds:

A major - First inversion

Also written as A/C#
A major first inversion on piano
Here's how it sounds:

A major - Second inversion

Also written as A/E
A major second inversion on piano
Here's how it sounds:
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