Chord Tonality - Diatonic Chords
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Chord Tonality - Diatonic Chords

The C scale diatonic chords are shown in the diagram below.  Diatonic chords are triads created for a given scale using only notes from that scale. For the C scale. note that the I, IV, & V.  are major chords, II, III, and VI are minor chords, B is a diminished chord.  The IV and  V  are called  perfect chords.

While playing a song in a given key signature, the diatonic chords are viewed as reference chords while performing a song in that given key.   The most likely chord to change is the V Chord, in which case, V => V7. Thus, a simple three chord song might consist of the chords:  C, F, & G7.




I

II

III

IV

V

VI

VII

Key C

C

Dm

Em

F

G

Am

Bdim

Key F

F

Gm

Am

Bb

C

Dm

Edim

Key G

G

Am

Bm

C

D

Em

F#dim

Key D

D

Em

F#m

G

A

Bm

C#dim

Key Bb

Bb

Cm

Dm

E

F

Gm

Adim

Key Eb

Eb

Fm

Gm

A

B

Cm

Ddim