Beginner Bass Chords for Piano

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Left Hand C Major Piano Triads

C major bass piano triads.
Image © Brandy Kraemer, 2016

Go to Bass Chord:
Ab A A#Bb B B#Cb C C#Db D D#Eb E E#Fb F F#Gb G G#

C Major Bass Triads | View With Treble Fingering


• Root Note: C

• Major Third: E

• Perfect Fifth: G

The C major chord occurs naturally in the following keys:

  • C major (chord I) / A minor (chord III)
  • G major (chord IV) / E minor (chord VI)
  • F major (chord V) / D minor (chord VII)

Switch Bass Chord Type:  

     ▪ Cmajor | Cmajor6 | Cmajor7 | Cmajor9
     ▪ Cminor | Cminor6 | Cminor7 | Cminor9

     ▪ C diminished | C diminished 7th
     ▪ C augmented | C augmented 7th

     ▪ C sus2
     ▪ C sus4


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Left Hand D Minor Piano Triads

D minor bass piano triads.
Image © Brandy Kraemer, 2016

Go to bass chord:
Ab A A#Bb B B#Cb C C#Db D D#Eb E E#Fb F F#Gb G G#

 

D Minor Bass Triads | View With Treble Fingering


• Root Note: D

• Minor Third: F

• Perfect Fifth: A

 

The D minor chord occurs naturally in the following keys:

  • D minor (chord i) / F major (chord vi)
  • A minor (chord iv) / C major (chord ii)
  • G minor (chord v) / Bb major (chord iii)

Switch Bass Chord Type:  

     ▪ Dmajor | Dmajor6 | Dmajor7 | Dmajor9
     ▪ Dminor | Dminor6 | Dminor7 | Dminor9

     ▪ D diminished | D diminished 7th
     ▪ D augmented | D augmented 7th

     ▪ D sus2
     ▪ D sus4


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Left Hand E Minor Piano Triads

E minor bass piano triads.
Image © Brandy Kraemer, 2016

Go to bass chord:
Ab A A#Bb B B#Cb C C#Db D D#Eb E E#Fb F F#Gb G G#

 

E Minor Bass Triads | View With Treble Fingering


• Root Note: E

• Minor Third: G

• Perfect Fifth: B

 

The E minor chord occurs naturally in the following keys:

  • E minor (chord i) / G major (chord vi)
  • A minor (chord v) / C major (chord iii)
  • B minor (chord iv) / D major (ii)

Switch Bass Chord Type:  

     ▪ Emajor | Emajor6 | Emajor7 | Emajor9
     ▪ Eminor | Eminor6 | Eminor7 | Eminor9

     ▪ E diminished | E diminished 7th
     ▪ E augmented | E augmented 7th

     ▪ E sus2
     ▪ E sus4


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Left Hand F Major Piano Triads

F major bass piano triads.
Image © Brandy Kraemer, 2016

Go to Bass Chord:
Ab A A#Bb B B#Cb C C#Db D D#Eb E E#Fb F F#Gb G G#


 

F Major Bass Triads | View With Treble Fingering


• Root Note: F

• Major Third: A

• Perfect Fifth: C

 

The F major chord occurs naturally in the following keys:

  • F major (chord I) / D minor (chord III)
  • C major (chord IV) / A minor (chord VI)
  • Bb major (chord V) / G minor (chord VII)

Switch Bass Chord Type:  

     ▪ Fmajor | Fmajor6 | Fmajor7 | Fmajor9
     ▪ Fminor | Fminor6 | Fminor7 | Fminor9

     ▪ F diminished | F diminished 7th
     ▪ F augmented | F augmented 7th

     ▪ F sus2
     ▪ F sus4


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Left Hand G Major Piano Triads

G major bass piano triads.
Image © Brandy Kraemer, 2016

Go to Bass Chord:
Ab A A#Bb B B#Cb C C#Db D D#Eb E E#Fb F F#Gb G G#


 

G Major Bass Triads | View With Treble Fingering


• Root Note: G

• Major Third: B

• Perfect Fifth: D

 

The G major chord occurs naturally in the following keys:

  • G major (chord I) / E minor (chord III)
  • C major (chord V) / A minor (chord VII)
  • D major (chord IV) / B minor (chord VI)

Switch Bass Chord Type:  

     ▪ Gmajor | Gmajor6 | Gmajor7 | Gmajor9
     ▪ Gminor | Gminor6 | Gminor7 | Gminor9

     ▪ G diminished | G diminished 7th
     ▪ G augmented | G augmented 7th

     ▪ G sus2
     ▪ G sus4



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Left Hand A Minor Piano Triads

A minor bass piano triads.
Image © Brandy Kraemer, 2016

Go to bass chord:
Ab A A#Bb B B#Cb C C#Db D D#Eb E E#Fb F F#Gb G G#

 

A Minor Bass Triads | View With Treble Fingering


• Root Note: A

• Minor Third: C

• Perfect Fifth: E

The A minor chord occurs naturally in the following keys:

  • A minor (chord i) / C major (chord vi)
  • E minor (chord iv) / G major (chord ii)
  • D minor (chord v) / F major (chord iii)

Switch Bass Chord Type:  

     ▪ Amajor | Amajor6 | Amajor7 | Amajor9
     ▪ Aminor | Aminor6 | Aminor7 | Aminor9

     ▪ A diminished | A diminished 7th
     ▪ A augmented | A augmented 7th

     ▪ A sus2
     ▪ A sus4



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Left Hand B Diminished Piano Triads

Bdim bass piano triads.
Image © Brandy Kraemer, 2016

Go to:
Ab A A#Bb B B#Cb C C#Db D D#Eb E E#Fb F F#Gb G G#

 

B Diminished Bass Triads | View With Treble Fingering


• Root Note: B

• Minor Third: D

• Diminished Fifth: F


 ● B° occurs naturally in the key of C major (chord vii°) / A minor (chord ii°)

Mood of Diminished Chords

A diminished chord’s character is ambiguous at best. When heard alone, they can sound eerie, goofy, or even annoying. Within music, they create the desire for tonal resolution, and tend to “leave the listener hanging”:

Switch Bass Chord Type:  

     ▪ Bmajor | Bmajor6 | Bmajor7 | Bmajor9
     ▪ Bminor | Bminor6 | Bminor7 | Bminor9

     ▪ B diminished | B diminished 7th
     ▪ B augmented | B augmented 7th

     ▪ B sus2
     ▪ B sus4


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