The F Major Piano Chord:

There are many different ways to play the F piano chord. Press either of the "rotate notes" buttons to see different ways of voicing the F piano chord. Press either of the "change octave" buttons to see the F piano chord in different octaves. In the diagram below, you will only find the right hand notes. The bass (left hand note) is simply the root of the chord (F). If you listen while the chord plays, you can hear that the bass note stays consistant while the top notes are changing.

F major

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Major Third

The major third of a F major piano chord (A) is up 4 half-steps from the root (F).

To find the major third:
Skip three half-steps up from the root (F) and land on the fourth half-step (A).

Start on:

  • The root of the chord (F)

Skip three half-steps:

  • Gb
  • G
  • Ab

And land on the fourth half-step:

  • the major third of the chord (A)

The Fifth


fifth

The fifth (C) is down a fourth from the root. Skip four half-steps down from F and land on the fifth half-step (C) to find the fifth.
To find the fifth of a F chord: start on F, skip E, Eb, D, Db and land on C.
 

Related Scale:

The F Major Scale

root second third fourth fifth sixth seventh octave

F

G

A

Bb

C

D

E

F

Triads are chords that are built with three notes from the scale. For example, the F chord is built from the root, third and fifth of the F major scale. To create triads, all you have to do is take every other note from a scale until you have three notes. So you could start also start on the second scale degree and take the second, fourth and sixth note and make a different triad.

The chord type will depend on which scale degree you start from. In major, if you start on the root, fourth or fifth, you'll have a major chord. If you start on the second, third or sixth, you'll have a minor chord. And if you start on the seventh, you'll have a diminished chord.

Triads:

  • Major - Root, M3, 5 (F, A and C)
  • minor - Root, m3, 5 (F, Ab and C)
  • Augmented (Aug) - Root, M3, A5 (F, A and Db)
  • diminished (dim) - Root, m3, d5 (F, Ab and B)

Seventh Chords:

  • 7 - Root, M3, 5, m7 (F, A, C and Eb)
  • M7 - Root, M3, 5, M7 (F, A, C and E)
  • m7 - Root, m3, 5, m7 (F, Ab, C and Eb)
  • dim7 - Root, m3, d5, d7 (F, Ab, B and D)
  • half dim7 (same as "m7b5") - Root, m3, flat 5, m7 (F, Ab, B and Eb)

You can see how important a good grasp of intervals can be to understanding chord structure and theory. Luckily, if you are shaky on your intervals, you can practice with my musical interval trainer.


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C Piano Chords

Piano chords with a root of C are down a fourth or up a fifth from piano chords with a root of F.

C major (C)
C minor (Cm)
C major 7th (CM7)
C minor 7th (Cm7)
C dominant 7th (C7)
C diminished 7th (Cdim7)

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Playing F Piano Chords from a Fake Book:

These are general guidelines and not hard-and-fast rules.

Generally, the idea is to supply the missing notes underneath the melody note. By "underneath" I mean to the left of melody note on the piano, or lower in pitch.

F with the root (F) in the melody

If the melody note is the root of the chord (F), play the following notes underneath the melody:

  • the fifth (C)
  • the third (A)

Right click on the image to zoom in/out.

F with the third (A) in the melody

If the melody note is the third of the chord (A), play the folling notes underneath the melody:

  • the root (F)
  • the fifth (C)

Right click on the image to zoom in/out.

F with the fifth (C) in the melody

If the melody note is the fifth of the chord (C), play the following notes underneath the melody:

  • the third (A)
  • the root (F)

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Piano Chord Progressions that use the F chord

The F chord is the one chord in the iim7, V7, I progression in the key of F

The F chord is the one chord in the vim7, iim7, V7, I progression in the key of F

The F chord is the one chord in the I, IV, V progression in the key of F

The F chord is the four chord in the IV, ivm, I progression in the key of C

The F chord is the four chord in the I, IV, V progression in the key of C

The F chord is the four chord in the V, IV, I progression in the key of C

The F chord is the five chord in the I, IV, V progression in the key of Bb

The F chord is the five chord in the V, IV, I progression in the key of Bb