Music Guide #2 – The Key Of C Major
Chords In The Key Of C Major
What are the chords in the key of C major?
To answer this question we first of all need to take a look at the C major scale. The C major scale consists of the notes C D E F G A B C. Each of the chords in the key of C major are named after one of these notes. Secondly, all the chords in this key (C major) makes use of these notes only.
There is a pattern of naming major chords for every major key. This pattern is Major Minor Minor Major Major Minor Diminished.
Here are the chords in C major. I shall list both the triads (three note chords) and four note extended chords (with sevenths). 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 – C major, C major seventh (Cmaj, Cmaj7)
- 2 – D minor, D minor seventh (Dm, Dm7)
- 3 – E minor, E minor seventh (Em, Em7)
- 4 – F major, F major seventh (F, Fmaj 7)
- 5 – G major, G dominant seventh (G, G7)
- 6 – A minor, A minor seventh (Am, Am7)
- 7 – B diminished, B minor seventh flat five (B°, Bm7b5)
When we add sevenths to these chords we end up with C major seventh, D minor seventh, E minor seventh, F major seventh, G dominant seventh, A minor seventh, and B minor seventh flat five (which on your instrument is the same as B half diminished seventh).
The following is the Key Chord Chart shows all the triads in C major as well as four note extended chords.
Piano Chords In The Key Of C Major
C major (or the key of C) is a major scale based on C, with the pitches C, D, E, F, G, A, and B. C major is one of the most common key signatures used in western music. Its key signature has no flats and no sharps. Its relative minor is A minor and its parallel minor is C minor.
Relative key: A minor
Parallel key: C minor
Dominant key: G major
Subdominant: F major
C, D, E, F, G, A, B
A minor is a minor scale based on A, with the pitches A, B, C, D, E, F, and G. Its key signature has no flats and no sharps. Its relative major is C major and its parallel major is A major.
Relative key: C major
Parallel key: A major
Dominant key: E minor
Subdominant: D minor
A, B, C, D, E, F, G