Chords In The Key Of E Flat Major


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

First of all let’s 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.

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(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. )

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

  • I – Eb major, Eb major seventh (Ebmaj, Ebmaj7)
  • ii – F minor, F minor seventh (Fm, Fm7)
  • iii – G minor, G minor seventh (Gm, Gm7)
  • IV – Ab major, Ab major seventh (Ab, Abmaj 7)
  • V – Bb major, Bb dominant seventh (Bb, Bb7)
  • vi – C minor, C minor seventh (Cm, Cm7)
  • vii° – D diminished, D minor seventh flat five (D°, Dm7b5)

Piano Chords In The Key Of E Flat Major

The following chart shows triads and four note chords in the key of E flat major.

Piano chords in the key of E flat major

Let’s now take a look at each chord and the notes they contain.

  • Chord I –  E flat major (Eb – G – Bb). Eb major seventh (Eb – G – Bb – D)
  • Chord iiF minor (F – Ab – C). F minor seventh (F – Ab – C – Eb)
  • Chord iiiG minor (G – Bb – D). G minor seventh (G – Bb – D – F)
  • Chord IVA flat major (Ab – C – Eb). Ab major seventh (Ab – C – Eb – G)
  • Chord VB flat major (Bb – D – F). Bb dominant seventh (Bb – D – F – Ab)
  • Chord viC minor (C – Eb – G). C minor seventh (C – Eb – G – Bb)
  • Chord vii° – D diminished (D – F – Ab). D minor seventh flat five (D – F – Ab – C)

Common chord progressions in the key of E flat major are as follows:

  • I – IV – V (Eb – Ab – Bb)
  • I – vi – IV – V (Eb – Cm – Ab – Bb)
  • ii – V – I (Fm7 – Bb7 – Ebmaj7)

Here’s a diagram of the E flat major key signature and the notes of the E flat major scale. The E flat key signature has 3 flats, Bb, Eb, and Ab. E flat major key signature on treble clef.E flat major key signature on bass clef.

Here’s a diagram showing the Eb major scale on piano.E flat major scale on piano.

Further Reading:

Major and Minor Key Chords

Piano Chords Charts

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