In this lesson you’ll learn how to play every variation of a chord of Cmaj7 on piano, including its root position, first inversion and second inversion.
The notes required for an Cmaj7 piano chord are as follows:
It can be a little tricky playing all four notes of a Cmaj7 piano chord in your right hand. To make life easier, play the C with your left hand thumb. Then use your right hand to play a triad chord using the remaining notes of E, G and B.
Once you’re comfortable, try playing two octave C notes in your left hand. You can also play a G note in between them both to make the chord sound even more full and rich.
E flat major, like all triads, consists of three notes. This chord is formed by combining the root note, Eb, major third, G and perfect fifth, Bb of the major scale. Eb – G – Bb. In other words, you play notes 1, 3, and 5 of the scale. Play these notes simultaneously and there you have it, an Eb major chord!
All major chords follow the exact same pattern: start with the ROOT note, go up FOUR notes, then go up THREE notes.
But what does this mean in practice? For a chord of Eb major, start with your thumb on the root note (the root note is the name of the chord you're playing - in this case, Eb). The next note is FOUR notes above the root (G). Then the final note is THREE notes above that (Bb).
And that's how you build a chord of Cmaj7 on piano. That's all there is to it!
This is a diagram of how a chord of Eb major is written on a score. The Eb sits at the bottom of the chord stack. the G is in the middle, with the Bb sitting at the very top.
A First Inversion chord of Cmaj7 uses the exact same notes as the Root Position, but played in a different order. First of all, play two octave E notes in your left hand. Your right hand can then make up the remaining notes - G, B and C.