• How To Figure Out The “Natural” Chords Of Every Key

    in Chords & Progressions,Piano,Scales,Theory

    In the 300-pg course, “The Secrets To Playing Piano By Ear,” we cover the diatonic chords of every major scale. Don’t worry if you don’t know what “diatonic” means — it’s just a fancy way of saying “pertaining to the major or minor scale,” the most common of all scales.

    Each major key has a set of diatonic chords that naturally occur on each tone of the scale. To figure out these chords, just take every other note of the scale until you’ve got 3 notes pressed down. Then move over to the next tone of the scale and do the same thing, skipping every other note.

    Here’s the key of C major:

    Here’s what taking every other note of the scale looks like:

    C major

    D minor

    E minor

    F major

    G major

    A minor

    B diminished

     

    These are not only the diatonic chords of C major but the pattern all major keys follow.

    In other words:

    • The first degree of any major scale is major
    • The second degree of any major scale is minor
    • The third degree of any major scale is minor
    • The fourth degree of any major scale is major
    • The fifth degree of any major scale is major (or dominant7 when using 4 fingers)
    • The sixth degree of any major scale is minor
    • The seventh degree of any major scale is diminished (or half-diminished7 when using 4 fingers)

     

    The 1st, 4th, and 5th chords are known as primary chords chords. Hands down, they occur much more frequently than the secondary/tertiary (2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th) chords of the key.

    Want to learn more about diatonic chords? Check out my 300-pg course, “The Secrets To Playing Piano By Ear.”

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