G♭ Major

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

How to play G♭ major on the piano

While G♭ and F♯ major function differently in written music, they sound the same on the piano, harmonically. If you look at the black key just right of F and just left of G, you'll find the root of the chord: G♭.

To play the G♭ major chord, you use G♭, B♭, and D♭. In its root position, you would use the following fingers:

D♭ - Fifth finger (5)
B♭ - Third finger (3)
G♭ - First finger (1)

You play the root position chord with your left hand using the following fingers:

D♭ - First finger (1)
B♭ - Third finger (3)
G♭ - Fifth finger (5)

Depending on the piece of music you're playing, you might need to use different fingers to play G♭ major. Look at the video above to see how the chord is built, visually.

What are the inversions of G♭ major?

On the piano, the inversions for G♭ and F♯ major use the same keys and also sound the same. Both G♭ and F♯ major have two inversions, each, but these inversions also sound the same on the piano.

How to play the 1st inversion of G♭ major

To play the 1st inversion of G♭ major, place the B♭ as the lowest note of the chord. With your right hand, use the following fingers to play the inversion:

G♭ - Fifth finger (5)
D♭ - Second finger (2)
B♭ - First finger (1)

How to play the 2nd inversion of G♭ major

You can play the second inversion of G♭ major by placing the D♭ as the lowest note. Use the following fingers to play the chord:

B♭ - Fifth finger (5)
G♭ - Third finger (3)
D♭ - First finger (1)

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