Music Guide #2 – The Key Of E Flat Major

Chords In The Key Of E Flat Major

What are the chords in the key of E flat major?

Take a look at the Eb major scale. The notes of this scale are Eb F G Ab Bb C D. Each of these notes is the root note of one of the chords in E flat major. The pattern of chords in a major key is Major Minor Minor Major Major Minor Diminished.

Therefore, the triad chords in this key are Eb major, F minor, G minor, Ab major, Bb major, C minor and D diminished. The four note chords are Eb major seventh, F minor seventh, G minor seventh, Ab major seventh, Bb dominant seventh, C minor seventh, and D minor seventh flat five.

All of these chords make use of the notes in the Eb major scale only.

The Key Of D Sharp Major The key of D 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.

Numerals indicate each chord’s position relative to the scale. Those for major chords are capitalized while minor and diminished chords are lower case.

  • 1 – Eb major, Eb major seventh (Ebmaj, Ebmaj7)
  • 2 – F minor, F minor seventh (Fm, Fm7)
  • 3 – G minor, G minor seventh (Gm, Gm7)
  • 4 – Ab major, Ab major seventh (Ab, Abmaj 7)
  • 5 – Bb major, Bb dominant seventh (Bb, Bb7)
  • 6 – C minor, C minor seventh (Cm, Cm7)
  • 7 – D diminished, D minor seventh flat five (D°, Dm7b5)

Piano Chords In The Key Of E Flat Major

E-flat major

E-flat major (or the key of E-flat) is a major scale based on E♭, with the pitches E♭, F, G, A♭, B♭, C, and D. Its key signature has three flats: B, E, and A. Its relative minor is C minor, while its parallel minor is E♭ minor (or enharmonically D♯ minor).

Relative key: C minor

Parallel key: E-flat minor enharmonic: D-sharp minor

Dominant key: B-flat major

Subdominant: A-flat major

Component pitches

E♭, F, G, A♭, B♭, C, D

C minor

C minor is a minor scale based on C, consisting of the pitches C, D, E♭, F, G, A♭, and B♭. Its key signature consists of three flats. Its relative major is E♭ major and its parallel major is C major.

Relative key: E♭ major

Parallel key: C major

Dominant key: G minor

Subdominant: F minor

Component pitches

C, D, E♭, F, G, A♭, B♭


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