The Db Chord (also known as the Db Major Chord, or Db Major Triad) is made up of three notes – Db, F and Ab.
You can play a Db chord on piano in three different ways:
- Root Position – This is where the Db note is the lowest note of the chord
- First Inversion – This is where the Db note is the highest note of the chord
- Second Inversion – This is where the Db note is the middle note of the chord
I’ll quickly explain this in some more detail.
And then we’ll take a look at some famous songs which use Db chords. These are excellent for practising because they sound great, but have been arranged in a way that lets you focus on learning Db chords.
But first, let’s take a look at the theory.
Db Chord Piano – Root Position
Whenever you play a Db chord on piano, and Db is the lowest note, that’s known as root position. It looks like this:
There are seven positions on a standard piano where you can play a Db chord in root position. If you have a piano close by, try playing each one – first with your left hand, then your right.
Below you’ll see what all seven look like on sheet music. Click the play button to hear what they sound like too.
Db Chord Piano – First Inversion
Whenever you play a Db chord on piano, and Db is the highest note, that’s known as the first inversion. It looks like this:
And here it is played in all positions on a standard piano. You’ll notice that there are only six positions for the first inversion.
Db Chord Piano – Second Inversion
Whenever you play a Db chord on piano, and Db is the note in the middle, that’s known as the second inversion. It looks like this:
And here is the second inversion played in all positions on a standard piano. Again, there are only six of these (before you run out of piano keys).
Famous “Db Chord” Songs
Okay, time for some fun!
Let’s take a look at some Db chords used in actual songs. I hope you enjoy these song snippets just as much as I enjoyed putting them together.
Each one has a fairly simple arrangement – Block chords in the left hand and melody in the right. That allows you to focus on learning the Db chord and its inversions.
So first of all, try playing each snippet as written. But once you get comfortable with that, feel free to try each of the other Db chord inversions (covered above).
Then try them in different positions on the piano.
And if you really want to test yourself: Try playing the melody lower on the piano with your left hand, and the chords higher on the piano with your right hand… That’s a tough exercise, at first.
The first song we’ll look at is Rude by MAGIC!
This arrangement uses the Db chord in root position only, so it’s a great piece to start with.
Db Chord Piano Progression 1 – Rude
The next song we’ll look at is Chandelier by Sia. This arrangement uses the Db chord in first inversion.
Db Chord Piano Progression 2 – Chandelier
The final song we’ll take a look at is One Call Away by Charlie Puth. This song uses Db chords in both first inversion and second inversion.
Don’t forget: Once you get the hang of these progressions, have some fun with them. Practice the chords in different positions and different inversions. And listen out for which ones you like best.
Db Chord Piano Progression 3 – One Call Away
That’s about all for this post. I really hope you enjoyed it and learnt something new about Db chords.