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.
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 ii – F minor (F – Ab – C). F minor seventh (F – Ab – C – Eb)
- Chord iii – G minor (G – Bb – D). G minor seventh (G – Bb – D – F)
- Chord IV – A flat major (Ab – C – Eb). Ab major seventh (Ab – C – Eb – G)
- Chord V – B flat major (Bb – D – F). Bb dominant seventh (Bb – D – F – Ab)
- Chord vi – C 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.
Here’s a diagram showing the Eb major scale on piano.
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