Basic Piano Chords for Beginners to Quickly Play Simple Songs

In this article, I will list some of the easiest and most basic piano chords for beginners that you could start with on piano or keyboard to play simple songs. Obviously, there are many piano chords that can be used in your music, however many of them will never be used. With these simple piano chords, you can play hundreds if not thousands of songs easily. Just learning the chords you need for the songs you are learning, you will soon find the most useful one’s for you to learn.

I shall list these chords for each of the most common keys. Arguably, some keys on the piano are more common or easier to play than others. For instance, it is much easier to play in the key of C (with no sharps and flats) than in the key of F sharp which uses all the black keys. 

Here are some easy piano chords according to key. Learning to play these basic chords will give you a great foundation to build upon. 

Above are all of the basic piano chords that should be learned. Use this as a reference when you are sitting at the piano and wanting to play your favorite pop songs.

Practicing Tips:

  • Practice these basic chords until you are smooth and confident. It is better to take more time to get it right than to rush on and not have the solid grounding that practice will bring. Make sure you practice in short bursts of 10 to 15 minutes every day, not nothing for a day or so and then two hours on one day.
  • Choose a favorite song that you enjoy and begin learning the first chord of the song. Once you learn the first chord, move to the next chord and so on. Make sure the song is playable!
  • It’s important to move slowly through a song, and play all chords accurately. If you do this, you will retain most of the chords you are playing in your memory. Take it step by step, we are already learning songs that you enjoy!

Now that you know some basic and easy piano chords, it’s time to start learning songs! Check out some great easy piano songs that you can play effortlessly!

About the author

Lisa Witt

I am passionate about music. I believe that music heals us, makes us smarter, and makes us happier . I’ve been helping people to express themselves musically for over 10 years. I teach voice and piano and am currently helping to educate piano players all over the world at Pianote.com.

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