List of Chords with Notes: Major, Minor, Augmented, Diminished,...

    On this page you'll find a list of popular chords with the chord notes. You can click on any of those chord names for a full reference page on the piano with chord inversions.

    You'll find major & major 7th, minor & minor 7th, diminished & diminished 7th, half-diminished 7th, augmented & augmented 7th , dominant 7th, dominant 9th, add2 & add9, sus2 & sus4, major 6th chords, minor 6th chords and 5 chords.

    💡 Tip: Click on the mini keyboards to trigger the chord sound, or click on the a chord name/notes to go the the full detail page, including guitar chord diagrams, for that chord.

    You can also check out the Piano Chords or the Chords in Keys tools for an interactive piano chord player.

    Major & Major 7th chords

    Major chord formula: 1 3 5
    Major chord intervals: Root, Major third, Perfect Fifth
    Major 7th chord Formula: 1 3 5 7
    Major 7th chord intervals: Root, Major third, Perfect Fifth, Major 7th

    Minor & Minor 7th Chords

    Minor chord formula: 1 3 5
    Minor chord intervals: Root, Minor third, Perfect Fifth
    Minor 7th chord Formula: 1 3 5 7
    Minor 7th chord intervals: Root, Minor third, Perfect Fifth, Minor 7th

    Diminished & Diminished 7th chords

    Diminished chord formula: 1 3 5
    Diminished chord intervals: Root, Minor third, Diminished Fifth
    Diminished 7th chord Formula: 1 3 5 7
    Diminished 7th chord intervals: Root, Minor third, Diminished Fifth, Diminished 7th

    Half-Diminished 7th chords (m7b5)

    Half-diminished 7th chord Formula: 1 3 5 7
    Half-diminished 7th chord intervals: Root, Minor third, Diminished Fifth, Minor 7th

    Augmented & Augmented 7th Chords

    Augmented chord formula: 1 3 5
    Augmented chord intervals: Root, Major third, Augmented Fifth
    Augmented 7th chord Formula: 1 3 5 7
    Augmented 7th chord intervals: Root, Major third, Augmented Fifth, Minor 7th

    Dominant 7th Chords

    Dominant 7th chord formula: 1 3 5 7
    Dominant 7th chord intervals: Root, Major third, Perfect Fifth, Minor 7th

    Dominant 9th Chords

    Dominant 9th chord formula: 1 3 5 7 9
    Dominant 9th chord intervals: Root, Major third, Perfect Fifth, Minor 7th, Major 9th

    Major 6th Chords

    Major 6th chord formula: 1 3 5 6
    Major 6th chord intervals: Root, Major third, Perfect Fifth, Major 6th

    Minor 6th Chords

    Minor 6th chord formula: 1 3 5 6
    Minor 6th chord intervals: Root, Minor third, Perfect Fifth, Major 6th

    Sus4 & Sus2 Chords

    Sus4 chord formula: 1 4 5
    Sus4 chord intervals: Root, Perfect Fourth, Perfect Fifth
    Sus2 chord Formula: 1 2 5
    Sus2 chord intervals: Root, Major second, Perfect Fifth

    Below you'll find the piano keyboard diagrams for Sus4 chords, which is the most common type of suspended chord:

    Add9 & Add2 Chords

    Add9 chord formula: 1 3 5 9
    Add9 chord intervals: Root, Major Third, Perfect Fifth, Major 9th
    Add2 chord Formula: 1 2 3 5
    Add2 chord intervals: Root, Major second, Major third, Perfect Fifth

    Below you'll find the piano keyboard diagrams for add9 chords:

    5 chords

    5 chord formula: 1 5
    5 chord intervals: Root, Perfect Fifth


    Chord Definitions

    Some simple definitions to popular questions related to chords in music:

    What is a chord?

    A chord is when 3 or more notes are played together. The notes from a chords can at times be played in succession instead of together, like when they are arpeggiated, and still be considered a chord. Chords are used in music to create harmony. In some cases, like with power chords, two notes played together can also be considered to form a chord.

    What is a triad?

    A triad is a 3-note chord. Except for power chords, 3-note chords are usually the smallest type of chord. By far the most popular triads are major chords and minor chords.

    What is a major chord?

    A triad composed of a root note, a major third and a perfect fifth. Major chords tend to sound happy and uplifting.

    What is a minor chord?

    A triad composed of a root note, a minor third and a perfect fifth. Minor chords tend to sound sad and melancholic.

    What is an augmented chord?

    A triad composed of a root, a major third and an augmented fifth. Augmented chords can sound dreamy.

    What is a diminished chord?

    A triad composed of a root, a minor third and a diminished fifth. Diminished chords tend to sound unresolved and tense.

    What is a power chord?

    Power chords, also known as fifth chords, are 2-note chords, also known as a dyad, that are composed of a root and a fifth. Power chords are most often used on the electric guitar in rock and metal with added distortion.

    What is a chord inversion?

    A chord inversion is a chord where the root note of the chord is not the lowest note being played. With a triad for example, the third can be the lowest note, followed by the fifth and the root, for a first inversion, or the fifth can be the lowest note, followed by the root and the third, for a second inversion. Chord inversions allow us to change the flavor of a given chord.

    What is a sus chord?

    A sus chord, or suspended chord, are major or minor triads where the 3rd is either raised or lowered. In the case of sus2 chords, the third is lowered to a major 2nd and in the case of sus4 chords, the third is raised to a perfect 4th.

    What is a 7th chord?

    7th chords are 4-note chords built using a root, a third, a fifth and a seventh. Popular types of 7th chords include major 7th chords, minor 7th chords, diminished 7th chords, augmented 7th chords and dominant 7th chords.

    What is an open chord?

    An open chord, also known as open-position chord, is a chord played on the guitar where one of more of the strings are played without a finger on the fretboard, so the whole string can vibrate.

    What is a broken chord?

    A chord is said to be a broken chord when not all the notes are played simultaneously. The most common example of a broken chord is an arpeggiated chord, where the notes are played successively following a certain pattern.

    What is a slash chord?

    A slash chord is the name with give to the notation using a slash (/) to indicate that the chord is played over a different bass note than the default for that chord. This can be the case for chord inversions, but also when a different note outside of the chord notes is played in the bass.


    piano samples

    The piano samples used for this list of chords are from “ Salamander Grand Piano V3 ” by Alexander Holm, licensed under CC BY 3.0.

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