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Piano Chords - Major and Minor

In this piano tutorial, we look at an easy method to build major and minor chords. The idea is to count the notes in half-steps. Doing this allows us to count the notes between each note.

For example, a major chord plays the root note, skips 3 notes, plays the next note, skips 2 notes and plays the next note. So the first skip is 3 and the second skip is 2. Therefore we can call major chords "3-2" chords. This applies to ALL major chords.

To construct a minor chord we need to reverse this, so we need to play a "2-3" chord. An easy way to remember this is because the first skip of the minor chord is small, and minor and small can mean a similar thing.

Check out my entire piano chord video series here.

I hope you enjoyed this basic piano chord lesson!! Please check back next week for another lesson, and in the meantime head on over to the PianoPig Academy website for more awesome content, and check out my social media sites below too!!


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