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The most basic keyboard chords are the major and minor triads. Every piano player will benefit from knowing all 24 of these triads and mastering them on the piano. The major and minor triads in their most basic position on the keys, called "root position", should be as solid and dependable in the mind of the pianist as the alphabet is for readers, or as the multiplication tables for mathematicians. Whether you see the chord symbol on a page, or the chord's music notation, or the image on the keys, every major and minor triad should be as familiar to you as the numbers on a clock. The best way to learn and master them is to group them according to how they look and how they feel on the keys.
[Once you have the image and feel for all 12 major chords and all 12 minors in their root positions, you will want to begin learning to invert them and also how to play patterns with them. This will help you build your knowledge and your technique to a level that will make you a proficient pianist in all areas of piano study. You mastery of chords will add great strength to your overall piano skills foundation.]
On this page, you will find all 12 major triads pictured on the keys, then in tablature, then on the music staff.
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There are 3 major triads which are white-white-white: C Major, F Major, and G Major. So, to learn and practice these chords, say to yourself, "The three white-white-white major triads are: C Major, F Major, and G major", while you play them with both hands. Do this for all of the groups.
[By making yourself say and play the chords like this, you are developing a strong feel and image for each and every chord. Soon, all of the major and minor triads should be very familiar to you, mentally and physically.]
3 major triads are white-white-white: C Major, F Major, and G Major.
3 major triads are white-black-white: D Major, E Major, and A Major.
3 major triads are black-white-black: D-flat Major, E-flat Major, and A-flat Major.
1 major triad is black-black-black: F-sharp/G-flat Major.
1 major triad is black-white-white: B-flat Major.
1 major triad is white-black-black: B Major.
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