Primary Chords - C Major

The I, IV, and V chords of the C major scale.

Published: 08 Feb 2013 Updated: 25 Oct 2021Visits: 186Code: UL44a

INSTRUMENTS: Chords Main: Ukulele Others: Ukulele
Subjects: Chords • Theory • Scales • Progressions

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Primary Chords - C Major


The primary chords for any major key are the I, IV and V chords of its corresponding major scale. For C Major, the primary chords are: C, F, G, and G7.

From the primary and secondary chords of a major key, countless songs and chords progressions can be played.

Primary Chords

Every major key has three major triads, three minor triads and one lone diminished triad.

The primary chords for this key are are the three major chords, the I , IV , and V chords and the 4-part V chords. Additionally, the 4-part V chord, is also considered a primary chord in a major key. These chords form the foundation of chord progressions and harmonies in any major key.


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