In this lesson, we 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 Roman 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.
- I – F major, F major seventh (Fmaj, Fmaj7)
- ii – G minor, G minor seventh (Gm, Gm7)
- iii – A minor, A minor seventh (Am, Am7)
- IV – Bb major, Bb major seventh (Bb, Bbmaj 7)
- V – C major, C dominant seventh (C, C7)
- vi – D minor, D minor seventh (Dm, Dm7)
- vii° – E diminished, E minor seventh flat five (E°, Em7b5)
To learn more about chords by key (what chords are in what key and why), check out my book, Master Piano Chords By Key And Give Yourself A Big Advantage When Playing, Learning Or Writing Songs.
Piano Chords In The Key Of F Major
Here’s a diagram showing fourteen chords in the key of F major.
So what are the notes of these triad and four note chords?
- Chord I, F major consists of the notes, F – A – C, while F major seventh consists of the notes, F – A – C – E.
- Chord ii, G minor consists of the notes, G – Bb – D. G minor seventh consists of the notes, G – Bb – D – F.
- Chord iii, A minor contains the notes, A – C – E. A minor seventh contains the notes, A – C – E – G.
- Chord IV, B flat major contains the notes, Bb – D – F. Bb major seventh contains the notes, Bb – D – F – A.
- Chord V, C major contains the notes, C – E – G. C dominant seventh contains the notes, C – E – G – Bb.
- Chord vi, D minor consists of the notes, D – F – A. D minor seventh consists of the note, D – F – A – C.
- Lastly, chord vii°, E diminished consists of the notes, E – G – Bb, while E minor seventh flat five consists of the notes, E – G – Bb – D.
Here are some common chord progressions to practice. They are as follows:
- I – IV – V (F – Bb- C)
- I – vi – IV – V (F – Dm – Bb – C)
- ii – V – I (Gm7 – C7 – Fmaj7)
Here’s a diagram of the F major key signature and the notes of the F major scale on the treble and bass clefs. There is one flat in the key of F. This note is B flat.
Here’s a diagram showing the F major scale on the piano keyboard.