Major Key Chords
Let’s find all the chords for the key of A flat major on the piano. We can use these chords to create chord progressions and play creatively in the key of A flat.
How to Find Chords for A Flat
The notes for an A flat major scale are:
A♭ – B♭ – C – D♭ – E♭ – F – G – A♭
Now we’ll build a “1 – 3 – 5” chord off each note of the scale, using only the notes of the scale to build the chords.
Starting on A♭, we’ll count “1 – 3 – 5” to build our first chord, using only the notes of the scale. When we do, we get: A♭ – C – E♭
Then starting on B♭, we’ll build another “1 – 3 – 5” chord using only the notes of the scale: B♭ – D♭ – F
Next we’ll start on C and build another “1 – 3 – 5” chord using only the notes of the scale: C – E♭ – G
We can continue this pattern, building a “1 – 3 – 5” chord off each note of the scale, using only the notes of the scale to build the chords.
Chords for the Key of A Flat Major
The chords for the key of A flat major are:
A♭ – C – E♭ = A♭ major chord
B♭ – D♭ – F = B♭ minor chord
C – E♭ – G = C minor chord
D♭ – F – A♭ = D♭ major chord
E♭ – G – B♭ = E♭ major chord
F – A♭ – C = F minor chord
G – B♭ – D♭ = G diminished chord
Other Major Key Chords
You can find chords for the other major keys below:
C Major Chords
G Major Chords
D Major Chords
A Major Chords
E Major Chords
B Major Chords
F Sharp Major Chords
C Sharp Major Chords
F Major Chords
B Flat Major Chords
E Flat Major Chords
D Flat Major Chords
G Flat Major Chords
C Flat Major Chords
How to Label the Chords
You may have noticed the chords we built were either major, minor or diminished, and you may be wondering how we know the difference. It depends on the intervals used to build the chords (learn about intervals here).
But to summarize, there are actually four types of “1 – 3 – 5” chords, or triads:
When we build a chord off each note of the major scale, using only the notes of the scale to build the chords, we’ll always get these chords in this order:
You can use this pattern to find the chords for any major key on the piano!
Primary Chords for A Flat Major
The primary chords for the key of A flat major are:
We’ll use these chords often when playing in the key of A flat.
Now you know how to find chords for the key of A flat major on the piano, and you can use that pattern to find chords for any major key!
Using patterns to learn the piano lays a wonderful foundation for playing creatively and freely!