D♭ Major

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The D♭ major chord is a triad formed from a root (D♭), a major third (F) and a perfect fifth (A♭).

How to play D♭ major on the piano

When written in music, D♭ and C♯ major are technically different. Harmonically, however, these chords sound the same on the piano. Look for the black key between the C and the D on the keyboard to find the root of the D♭ major chord.

The D♭ major chord uses the following notes: D♭, F, and A♭. To play the chord with your right hand, use the following fingers:

A♭ - Fifth finger (5)
F - Third finger (3)
D♭ - First finger (1)

With your left hand, you'd use the following fingers to play the root position chord:

A♭ - First finger (1)
F - Third finger (3)
D♭ - Fifth finger (5)

Some pieces of music might require you to use different fingers to play the D♭ major chord. To get a sense of how the chord is built, visually, check out our video above.

What are the inversions of D♭ major?

The D♭ major chord has two different inversions, a 1st and 2nd inversion. Learn how to form the inversions of D♭ major below.

How to play the 1st inversion of D♭ major

The first inversion of D♭ major can be played by placing the F as the lowest note of the chord. Use the following fingers with your right hand to play the inversion:

D♭ - Fifth finger (5)
A♭ - Second finger (2)
F - First finger (1)

How to play the 2nd inversion of D♭ major

To play the second inversion, place the A♭ as the lowest note of the chord and use the following fingers with your right hand:

F - Fifth finger (5)
D♭ - Third finger (3)
A♭ - First finger (1)

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