C♯ Major

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The C♯ major chord is a triad formed from a root (C♯), a major third (E♯) and a perfect fifth (G♯).

How to play C♯ major on the piano

Playing the C♯ major chord starts with finding the root of the chord: C♯. Look for the black keys in pairs of two and place your finger on the left one of these two; the black key between C and D. From there, you can start building the chord.

To play the C♯ major chord, you'll use these notes: C♯, E♯, and G♯. Use the following fingers to play the chord with your right hand:

G♯ - Fifth finger (5)
E♯ - Third finger (3)
C♯ - First finger (1)

To play the chord with your left hand, use the following fingers:

G♯ - First finger (1)
E♯ - Third finger (3)
C♯ - Fifth finger (5)

In some instances, a song or piece may require you to play the chord with different fingers. Watch our video above to see how the chord is built.

What are the inversions of C♯ major?

The C♯ major chord has two inversions. To form the 1st and 2nd inversions, follow the instructions below.

How to play the 1st inversion of C♯ major

To play the 1st inversion of C♯ major, place the E♯ as the lowest note in the chord. With your right hand, you can play the chord with the following fingers:

C♯ - Fifth finger (5)
G♯ - Second finger (2)
E♯ - First finger (1)

How to play the 2nd inversion of C♯ major

By placing the G♯ as the lowest note in the chord, you can play the 2nd inversion of C♯ major. Use the following fingers to play the chord with your right hand:

E♯ - Fifth finger (5)
C♯ - Third finger (3)
G♯ - First finger (1)

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