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Learning piano major chords should be your first chord study if you've never played chords using chord symbols or you're completely new to the piano.
The exercise below will help you learn the C, F and G Major Chords in root position.
What Is Root Position?
Every chord has a root note. For example, the root note of a C major chord is a C. The root note of an F major chord is an F. The root note of a G major chord is a G, and so on.
When the root note is the lowest note in the chord, then the chord is in root position. You can play chords in different positions, but major triads in root position are the easiest to learn and play.
If you look at the example below, notice that the bottom note of each C major chord is a C, which means that every chord is in root position.
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The most common fingering for piano major chords in root position played with your left hand is 5 - 3 - 1, which means that your 5th finger should be placed on the C, your 3rd finger on the E and your 1st finger (your thumb) on the G.
The most common fingering for major chords in root position played with your right hand is 1 - 3 - 5, which means that your 1st finger should be placed on the C, your 3rd finger on the E and your 5th finger on the G.