Chord Groups: Which Chords Go Together? Part 2

Music Theory Explained

Music Theory Explained

Want to write a song but wondering which chords go together?  Here’s a quick and easy “key” for you to reference.  Just pick a key, such as C, and use any or all of the chords that belong to the key of C.  Voila! Songwriting just got easier.

The chords of every major key follow this formula:

1   2m   3m   4   5   6m   7dim

Key of C (no # or b): C  Dm  Em  F   G   Am  Bdim

Key of F (1 b = Bb):  F  Gm  Am  Bb C  Dm  Edim

Key of Bb (2b = Bb, Eb): Bb  Cm  Dm  Eb  F  Gm  Adim

Key of Eb (3b = Bb, Eb, Ab):  Eb  Fm  Gm  Ab  Bb  Cm Ddim

Key of Ab (4b = Bb, Eb, Ab, Db): Ab  Bbm Cm  Db  Eb  Fm  Gdim

Key of Db (5b = Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb):  Db  Ebm  Fm  Gb  Ab  Bbm  Cdim

Key of Gb (6b = Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Cb):  Gb  Abm  Bbm  Cb  Db  Ebm  Fdim

Key of Cb (7b = Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Cb, Fb):  Cb  Dbm  Ebm  Fb  Gb  Abm  Bbdim

Hop on over to the list for the chords in the keys that use sharps (#) as well.  Then give it a go on your instrument!  Experiment with different keys.  Hey, even try mixing them, because some things are more guidelines than actual rules. 

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