Music Guide #2 – The Key Of A Flat (And G Sharp) Major

Chords In The Key Of A Flat (And G Sharp) Major

What are the main chords in the key of A flat? take a look at triads (three note chords) and four note extended chords (with sevenths) in this key.

The Key Of G Sharp

The key of G sharp major makes use of the same chords and scale notes except that the notes and chords have different names. But because of notation difficulties caused by the need for a double sharp, this key is hardly used.

First of all, let’s take a look at the A flat major scale. The notes in this scale are Ab Bb C Db Eb F G. The chords in Ab follow the pattern, Major Minor Minor Major Major Minor Diminished. This gives us the chords, Ab major, Bb minor, C minor, Db major, Eb major, F minor, G diminished. When you add sevenths the chords are Ab major seventh, Bb minor seventh, C minor seventh, Db major seventh, Eb dominant seventh, F minor seventh, G minor seventh flat five.

Numerals indicate each chord’s position relative to the scale. Numerals that represent a major chord are usually capitalized, and minor and diminished chords are lower case.

  • 1 – Ab major, Ab major seventh (Abmaj, Abmaj7)
  • 2 – Bb minor, Bb minor seventh (Bbm, Bbm7)
  • 3 – C minor, C minor seventh (Cm, Cm7)
  • 4 – Db major, Db major seventh (Db, Dbmaj 7)
  • 5 – Eb major, Eb dominant seventh (Eb, Eb7)
  • 6 – F minor, F minor seventh (Fm, Fm7)
  • 7 – G diminished, G minor seventh flat five (G°, Gm7b5)

Piano Chords In The Key Of A flat Major

A-flat major

A-flat major (or the key of A-flat) is a major scale based on A♭, with the pitches A♭, B♭, C, D♭, E♭, F, and G. Its key signature has four flats.

Relative key: F minor

Parallel key: A-flat minor

Dominant key: E-flat major

Subdominant: D-flat major

Component pitches

A♭, B♭, C, D♭, E♭, F, G

F minor

F minor is a minor scale based on F, consisting of the pitches F, G, A♭, B♭, C, D♭, and E♭. Its key signature consists of four flats. Its relative major is A-flat major and its parallel major is F major. Its enharmonic equivalent, E-sharp minor, has eight sharps, including the double sharp F double sharp, which makes it rarely used.

Relative key: A-flat major

Parallel key: F major

Dominant key: C minor

Subdominant: B-flat minor

Component pitches

F, G, A♭, B♭, C, D♭, E♭

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