Music Guide #2 – The Key Of F Major

Chords In The Key Of F Major

Take a look at chords in the key of F major. We will look at basic triad chords as well as four notes extended chords (with sevenths).

Firstly, what are the notes of the F major scale? Its notes are F G A Bb C D E. The chords in the F major key make use of these seven notes. Each chord is named after one of these notes.

The pattern for naming chords in every major key is Major Minor Minor Major Major Minor Diminished. Chord I is a major chord, chord ii is a minor chord, chord iii is a minor chord, chord IV is a major chord, chord V is a major chord, chord vi is a minor chord and lastly, chord vii° is a diminished chord.

You would have noticed above that Numerals are used to represent each chord. Numerals that represent major chords are capitalized, and minor and diminished chords are lower case.

The triad chords in the key of F major are F major, G minor, A minor, Bb major, C major, D minor, and E diminished. You can add sevenths to these chords, either major seventh or dominant seventh, depending on the chord. The trick is to select a note in the F major scale. The four note extended chords are F major seventh, G minor seventh, A minor seventh, Bb major seventh, C dominant seventh, D minor seventh, and E minor seventh flat five.

  • 1 – F major, F major seventh (Fmaj, Fmaj7)
  • 2 – G minor, G minor seventh (Gm, Gm7)
  • 3 – A minor, A minor seventh (Am, Am7)
  • 4 – Bb major, Bb major seventh (Bb, Bbmaj 7)
  • 5 – C major, C dominant seventh (C, C7)
  • 6 – D minor, D minor seventh (Dm, Dm7)
  • 7 – E diminished, E minor seventh flat five (E°, Em7b5)

Piano Chords In The Key Of F Major

F major

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

Relative key: D minor

Parallel key: F minor

Dominant key: C major

Subdominant: B-flat major

Component pitches

F, G, A, B♭, C, D, E

D minor

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

Relative key: F major

Parallel key: D major

Dominant key: A minor

Subdominant: G minor

Component pitches

D, E, F, G, A, B♭, C


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