Major Key Chords
Let’s look at how to find chords for the key of F sharp major. You can use these chords to create chord progressions and play creatively in the key of F sharp.
How to Find Chords for F Sharp
Here’s an F sharp major scale:
F♯ – G♯ – A♯ – B – C♯ – D♯ – E♯ – F♯
Now we’ll build a “1 – 3 – 5” chord off each note of this scale, using only the notes of the scale to build the chord.
So starting on F♯, we’ll count “1 – 3 – 5” to build our first chord. When we do, we get: F♯ – A♯ – C♯
Then we’ll build another “1 – 3 – 5” chord starting on G♯, and using only the notes of the scale: G♯ – B – D♯
Next, we’ll start on A♯ and build another “1 – 3 – 5” chord, using only the notes of the scale: A♯ – C♯ – E♯
We can continue this pattern, building a chord off each note the major scale, using only the notes of the scale to build the chords.
Chords for the Key of F Sharp Major
Here are the chords for the key of F sharp:
F♯ – A♯ – C♯ = F♯ major chord
G♯ – B – D♯ = G♯ minor chord
A♯ – C♯ – E♯ = A♯ minor chord
B – D♯ – F♯ = B major chord
C♯ – E♯ – G♯ = C♯ major chord
D♯ – F♯ – A♯ = D♯ minor chord
E♯ – G♯ – B = E♯ 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
C Sharp Major Chords
F Major Chords
B Flat Major Chords
E Flat Major Chords
A Flat Major Chords
D Flat Major Chords
G Flat Major Chords
C Flat Major Chords
Some keys are considered “enharmonic”. This means they use the same notes on the piano, but go by two different names.
The key of F sharp major is enharmonic with G flat major, because these two keys use the same notes on the piano, but are labeled differently.
There are six total enharmonic keys:
To understand these relationships better, take a look at the circle of fifths.
How to Label the Chords
There are four different types of “1 – 3 – 5” chords:
But to summarize:
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 chord types in this order:
You can use this pattern to find the chords for any major key!
Primary Chords for the Key of F Sharp Major
The primary chords for the key of F sharp are:
We’ll use these chords often when playing in the key of F sharp.
Now you know how to find chords for the key of F sharp major, and you can use that pattern to find the chords for any major key.
Seeing the patterns on the piano and using them to identify and build chords is a wonderful way to learn the piano!