Major Key Chords
Let’s look at how to find chords for the key of G flat major. We can use these chords to create chord progressions and play creatively in the key of G flat.
How to Find Chords for G Flat
Here are the notes for the G flat major scale:
G♭ – A♭ – B♭ – C♭ – D♭ – E♭ – F – G♭
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 G♭, we’ll count “1 – 3 – 5” to build our first chord, using only the notes of the scale: G♭ – B♭ – D♭
Then we’ll start on A♭ and build another “1 – 3 – 5” chord using only the notes of the scale: A♭ – C♭ – E♭
Then we’ll continue to B♭ and build another “1 – 3 – 5” chord using the notes of the scale: B♭ – D♭ – F
We can continue following this pattern, building a “1 – 3 – 5” chord off each note of the scale, and using only the notes of the scale to build the chords.
Chords for the Key of G Flat Major
Here are the chords for G flat major:
G♭ – B♭ – D♭ = G♭ major chord
A♭ – C♭ – E♭ = A♭ minor chord
B♭ – D♭ – F = B♭ minor chord
C♭ – E♭ – G♭ = C♭ major chord
D♭ – F – A♭ = D♭ major chord
E♭ – G♭ – B♭ = E♭ minor chord
F – A♭ – C♭ = F 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
A Flat Major Chords
D 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 G flat major is enharmonic with F sharp 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
But there are actually four types of “1 – 3 – 5” chords, or “triads”:
If we build a chord off each note of a 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 G Flat Major
The primary chords for the key of G flat are:
We’ll use these chords often when playing in the key of G flat.
Now you know how to find the chords for G flat major, and you can use this pattern to find the chords for any major key!
Using chords is a wonderful way to learn the piano and play creatively.