How to Play Piano Chords in B Flat Major

Major Key Chords

Let’s find the piano chords in the key of B flat major. We can use these chords to create chord progressions and play creatively in B flat.

How to Find Chords for B Flat

First we’ll need to find the notes of a B flat major scale (learn how to build a major scale here).

The notes for a B flat major scale are:

B♭ – C – D – E♭ – F – G – A – B♭

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 B♭, we’ll count “1 – 3 – 5” to build our first chord, using only the notes of the B flat major scale. When we do, we get: B♭ – D – F

Next we’ll start on C, and build another “1 – 3 – 5” chord using only the notes of the scale. When we do, we get: C – E♭ – G

Then we’ll start on D, and using only the notes of the scale, we’ll build another “1 – 3 – 5” chord. When we do, we get: D – F – A

We can continue following this pattern to build a “1 – 3 – 5” chord off each note of the scale, using only the notes of the scale to build the chords.

Piano Chords in the Key of B Flat Major

Here are the chords for B flat major:

B♭ – D – F = B♭ major chord

C – E♭ – G = C minor chord

D – F – A = D minor chord

E♭ – G – B♭ = E♭ major chord

F – A – C = F major chord

G – B♭ – D = G minor chord

A – C – E♭ = A diminished chord

chords for major keys piano chord charts pdf

Chords for Major Keys Printable

This 21-page PDF will help you learn the chords for every major key! Use these chords to build chord progressions and play creatively.

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
E Flat Major Chords
A Flat Major Chords
D Flat Major Chords
G Flat Major Chords
C Flat Major Chords

How to Label the Chords

The chords we built were either major, minor or diminished, and you may be wondering how we can tell the difference between these types. 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”:

Major
Minor
Augmented
Diminished

Major chords are built with the first, third and fifth notes of the matching major scale.

Minor chords are major chords with the middle note lowered 1/2 step.

Augmented chords are major chords with the upper-note raised 1/2 step.

Diminished chords are minor chords with the upper-note lowered 1/2 step.

When we build a chord off each note of the major scale, using the notes of the scale to build the chords, we’ll always get these chord types in this order:

Major
Minor
Minor
Major
Major
Minor
Diminished

You can use this pattern to find the chords for any major key!

Primary Chords for B Flat Major

Each major key has three “primary” chords. Primary chords are built off the first, fourth and fifth notes of the major scale, and they’re used frequently in songs.

The primary chords for the key of B flat major are:

B♭ major
E♭ major
F major

Conclusion

Now you know how to find the piano chords for the key of B flat major, and you can use this pattern to find chords for any major key!

You can use these chords to create chord progressions and play creatively in the key of B flat, which is lots of fun.

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