In this lesson you’ll learn how to play every variation of a chord of C major on piano, including its root position, first inversion and second inversion.
The notes required for a C major piano chord are as follows:
C major is the most popular piano chord in music, and also one of the easiest to play. This method will show you the best way to play a chord of C major on piano.
Start by playing two C notes in your left hand, one octave apart. Once you’re comfortable, play a G note in the middle with your left hand second finger.
Then use your right hand to make up the rest of the chord. As you’re already playing a C in your left hand, play an E note with your thumb. Play a G with your second, then stretch your fifth (pinkie) finger up to a high C.
A First Inversion chord of C major uses the exact same notes as the Root Position, but played in a different order. A good way of playing this is with two E notes in your left hand, one octave apart. Then play a triad chord in your right using the notes G, C and E.