Chords for Major Keys
Let’s find all the chords belonging to the key of G major. The chords in the key of G are used to play songs in the key of G.
How to Find the Chords for G Major
The notes of a G major scale are:
G – A – B – C – D – E – F♯ – G
Now we’ll build a three-note chord off each note of the scale, counting “1 – 3 – 5” to build each chord. We’ll use the notes of the scale to build the chords.
To build the first, chord, we’ll start on a G, and count “1 – 3 – 5”, using the notes of the scale to build the chord. This gives us: G – B – D.
To find the next chord, we’ll start on A, and count “1 – 3 – 5”, using the notes of the scale to build the chord. This gives us: A – C – E.
Then we’ll start on B, and using the notes of the scale, we’ll count “1 – 3 – 5”, to get our third chord: B – D – F♯.
We can continue this pattern of building three-note chords off each note of the G major scale, using the notes of the scale to build the chords.
Chords for G Major
Here are the chords for the key of G:
B – D – F♯ = B minor 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
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
G Flat Major Chords
C Flat Major Chords
Labeling the Chords
You may have noticed that the chords we found in the key of G major were either major, minor or diminished. In order to understand these different kinds of “1 – 3 – 5” chords, you’ll want to read this post on piano intervals.
When we build a triad off each note of a major scale, using the notes of the scale to build the chords, we’ll always get these chords in this order:
Once you know this pattern, you can use it to help you identify the chords belonging to other major keys!
Primary Chords for G Major
Each major key has three “primary” chords, built off the first, fourth and fifth notes of the major scale.
For the key of G major, this means the three primary chords are:
These three chords will show up a lot in songs written in the key of G major, and you’ll probably use them often when creating chord progressions in this key.
Now you know how to find the chords for G major on the piano, and you can use that knowledge to help you build and identify the chords belonging to other major keys! Have fun!