When you’re learning to play the piano, the first and most basic chords you learn will form the foundation of everything that is to come. The vast majority of songs can be played – or at least accompanied – by playing these basic chords. Subscribe to our "Learn Piano Chords" newsletter and receive a free PDF copy of the all major, minor, major 7 and minor 7 piano chords. This is how your name and profile photo will appear on Panoramio if you connect this Google+ account.
In fact, the basic, three-tone beginner piano chords constitutes one of the foundational elements of total harmony, which is the basis of most Western music itself, at least until the 20th century.

In order to be properly called a chord, a simultaneously struck combination of keys must have at least three notes.
Each of the chords you have learned forms the root chord for any piece in the corresponding key. Striking one note, obviously, is a note and striking two different notes simultaneously is called an interval. You can experiment a bit and crawl up and down the keyboard using three note intervals to create major and minor chords. That is to say, if you were in the key of a minor, you could assume that the chords A, D and E would work to accompany most any melody, and you would likely be right.

Immediately to the left of the leftmost black key in any two-key group you’ll find the white key that corresponds to the note C.
Just as is the case with the major keys, these minor key chords form the foundation of their respective keys. The notes that follow, in the key of C and including the black keys are: C, C#(Db), D, D#(Eb), F, F#(Gb), G, G#(Ab), A, A#(Bb), B.

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