F Major Piano Chord

Root
F
3rd
A
5th
C
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
F
A
C

The Notes in an F Major Chord

The Root

This is one is easy. All you have to do to find the root of a chord is look at the name of the chord. It's the first part of the name! If it's an F Major chord, the root is F!

The 3rd

The third of an F Major chord is A. The third is up four half-steps from the Root.

Finding A from F step by step:

  • Start on: F
  • Step 1: move up to Gb
  • Step 2: move up to G
  • Step 3: move up to Ab
  • Step 4: Land on A
3rd
A
Root
F
1
2
3
  • Gb is a minor second above F.
  • G is a major 2nd above F.
  • Ab is a minor third above F.
  • A is a major third above F.

The 5th

The fifth of an F Major chord is C. The fifth is down five half-steps from the Root.

Finding C from F step by step:

  • Start on: F
  • Step 1: move down to E
  • Step 2: move down to Eb
  • Step 3: move down to D
  • Step 4: move down to Db
  • Step 5: Land on C
5th
C
Root
F
1
2
3
4
  • E is a minor second below F.
  • Eb is a major 2nd below F.
  • D is a minor third below F.
  • Db is a major third below F.
  • C is a fourth below F. The 5th is down a fourth? Confusing, right? The note C is down 5 half-steps from F, but up 7 half-steps from F:
5th
C
Root
F
1
2
3
4
5
6

The Inversions of F Major

Root Position

Root
F
3rd
A
5th
C
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
F
A
C

1st Inversion

3rd
A
5th
C
Root
F
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
A
C
F

2nd Inversion

5th
C
Root
F
3rd
A
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
C
F
A

Other Major Chords

C, C#, Db, D, D#, Eb, E, F, F#, Gb, G, G#, Ab, A, A#, Bb, B

See all major chords

Other F Chords