C piano chord with pictures and audio examples

In this post, we will look at how to form the c piano chord and listen to some audio examples of the chord in root position and first and second inversions.

The c piano chord is a major chord formed using the notes C, E and G.

Major chords can be formed by stacking the root note, major third and perfect fifth. If that seems confusing, then don’t worry.

The following simple major chord formula will make it easier for you to understand.

C piano chord formula

To form any major chord, you can simply count four steps to the right of the current note, and the note that you land on will be the second note in the chord and from that note, if you move three steps to right, you will land on the third note of the chord.

Let us apply the above formula to the C piano chord:

From the root note C, let us count four steps to the right, C#, D, D#, E. The fourth note we land on is the second note in the c major piano chord.

From the note E, let us count three steps to the right, F, F#, G. The third note that we land on is the third note of the C piano chord.

The following image should make it clear:

C piano chord [C, E, G]

C piano chord first inversion [E, G, C]

C piano chord second inversion [G, C, E]