Major Scale Chord Chart

Here is a piano chord chart for the major scale. Go up the white keys of the C scale and find the 1, 3, and 5 notes of each chord and you can find if the 2,3,4, 6, and 7 scale tone chords are major, minor, or diminished.

For D the root is D, the third is F, and the 5th is A. The 2nd tone of the C major scale or D chord is a minor chord.

From D to F is a minor 3rd one and a half steps. From F to A is a major 3rd two whole steps. This is a minor chord.

The D chord is D minor in the key of C.

For E the root is E, the third is G, and the 5th is B. The 3rd tone of the C major scale or E chord is a minor chord.

From E to G is a minor 3rd one and a half steps. From G to B is a major 3rd two whole steps.

The E chord is E minor in the key of C.

For F the root is F, the third is A, and the 5th is C. The 4th tone of the C major scale or F chord is a major chord.

From F to A is a major 3rd two whole steps. From A to C is a minor 3rd one and a half steps.

The F chord is F major in the key of C.

For G the root is G, the third is B, and the 5th is D. The 5th tone of the C major scale or G chord is a major chord.

From G to B is a major 3rd two whole steps. From B to D is a minor 3rd one and a half steps.

The G chord is G major in the key of C.

For A the root is A, the third is C, and the 5th is E. The 6th tone of the C major scale or A chord is a minor chord.

From A to C is a minor 3rd one and a half steps. From C to E is a major 3rd two whole steps.

The A chord is A minor in the key of C.

In the key of C major

D, E, and A chords are minor

F, and G are major

THE MAJOR SCALE CHORDS AND PIANO CHORD CHART

The 2,3,and 6 chords are minor chords. We can show this as

ii, iii, and vi.

The 1, 4, and 5 chords are major chords. We show this as I, IV, and V.

In the key of C the 1 is C, the 4 chord is F , and the 5 chord is G.

C, F, and G make up the main chords of the key of C major.

Many songs are in the key of C major and have the C, F, and G chords in them.

THE DIMINISHED CHORD

The diminished chord has a 1, b3, and b5 note. Note that this will make a minor 3rd from both the root to the 3rd and from the 3rd to the 5th note.

C Eb Gb

From C to Eb one and a half steps a minor 3rd interval

From Eb to Gb one and a half steps a minor 3rd interval

THE B CHORD AND 7TH SCALE TONE CHORD

Note that when you play the B chord in the C major scale you have B as the root, D as the 3rd, and F as the 5th note. The 7th tone of the C major scale or B chord is a diminished chord.

From B to D is a minor 3rd

From D to F is a minor 3rd

The B chord is a diminished chord.

Remember the 2,3, and 6 chords of the major scale are minor chords and the 1, 4, and 5 chords are major chords.

Next lesson is Seventh Chords


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