Learn Piano Chords Fast by Using Chord Formulas

Many piano players would like to learn piano chords fast enough so that they can start playing in a band or doing their own solo performances. Sometimes the information required for them to learn to be a great piano player may seem to be a lot and may not work out because of limited time.

On this page you will be learning how to use specific formulas to construct piano chords. The construction is done based on some formulas that have been developed and used for centuries.

I personally do not like the idea of starting out with chords as musician because this short cut method will cause you to be limited in theory. However, a number of musicians have been stimulated to learn music just by learning to use chords to play songs.

The formulas displayed on this page are easy to understand and use, and they apply to all keys on the keyboard.

The chords outlined on this page are divided into three categories; basic triads, 7th chords and ninth chords. Take a look at the formula used to construct each chord below. Each chord is constructed using the major scale as the base.

CHORD FORMULA CHART – (Designed to help you learn piano chords fast.)

Basic Triads

Major triad - 1st, 3rd, 5th

Minor triad - 1st, flat 3rd, 5th

Diminished triad - 1st, flat 3rd, flat 5th

Augmented triad - 1st, 3rd, #5th

Major chord with added 2nd - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th

Minor chord with added 2nd - 1st, 2nd, flat 3rd, 5th

(NB – Some musicians also refers to the added 2nd as the added 9th.)

7th Chord Section

Major 7th chord - 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th

Dominant 7th chord - 1st, 3rd, 5th, flat 7th.

Minor 7th chord - 1st, flat 3rd, 5th, flat 7th

Minor 7th flat 5 - 1st, flat 3rd, flat 5th, flat 7th

Diminished 7th - 1st, 3rd, flat 5th, 6th

Dominant 7th with raised 5th - 1st, 3rd, #5th flat 7th

Dominant 7th with lowered 5th - 1st, 3rd, flat 5th, flat 7th

Dominant 7th suspended - 1st, 4th, 5th, flat 4th

Major 7th raised 5th - 1st, 3rd, #5th, 7th

Ninth Chord Section

Dominant 9th - 1st, 3rd, 5th, flat 7th, 9th

Major 9th - 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th

Minor 9th - 1st, flat 3rd, 5th, flat 7th, 9th

These are not all the chords that exist in music. However, players at the beginner and intermediate level will find them to be useful. When you are able to apply the formula provided in all twelve keys, you can focus on learning more advance chords.

Piano Chords Applying Chord Theory Concepts to Your Playing

Major Chord Theory
Playing Major Chords on the Piano

Minor Chords -Basic Piano Chords for Beginners

Augmented Chord - Basic Chord Piano Lessons for Beginners

Chord InversionsLearn how to Play Inverted Piano Chords

7th ChordsLearn to Form and Play them on Your Piano

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