What Are Primary Chords?

Primary Chords are chords formed by playing a major chord on the 1st, 4th and 5th notes of the major scale of any key. This could also be referred to as primary triads.  In solfa notation ( Doh, Fah and Soh)


Triads are Chords that are made up of only three notes. We will in-depth to talk about triads in subsequent lessons.


• Let's take an example with the Key of C. 

The three primary chords in the key of C are being formed in the 1st, 4th and 5th note of C major scale and these are (C, F and G).


Now let's form the chords.


1st Degree - C (C E G) 

4th Degree - F (F A C)

5th Degree - G (G B D)


• Let's take another example with the key of C#.

The primary chords in key C# are formed on the 1st, 4th and 5th note of C# major scale and these are (C#, F# and G#).


Now let's form the chords.


1st Degree - C# (C# F G#) 

4th Degree - F# (F# A# C#)

5th Degree - G# (G# C D#)


• Let's take another example with the key of D.

The primary chords in key D are formed on the 1st, 4th and 5th note of C# major scale and these are (D, G and A).


Now let's form the chords.


1st Degree - D (D F# A ) 

4th Degree - G (G B D)

5th Degree - A (A C# E)