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    Chords in the Key of C Major

    On this page you'll find a visual reference to the diatonic triad and 7th chords in the key of C major. Diatonic is just a fancy word to mean the chords that are formed from the notes in the scale. Plus, you'll find a visual layout representation on a piano keyboard for each chord.

    C Major Scale

    Here are the notes that form the C Major scale. Click on any of the note letters to jump to its chords:

    I ii iii IV V vi viio C D E F G A B M m m M M m d

    Easy on a piano keyboard, the C major scale is just all the white keys, no black keys:

    • I
    • ii
    • iii
    • IV
    • V
    • vi
    • viio

    C Major Chords

    The diatonic triads and 7th chords in the key of C major are:

    I - C Major & C Major 7th (Tonic)

    C E G B

    • C
    • E
    • G
    • B

    C Major Chord Inversions

    InversionC MajorC Major 7th
    1stE G CE G B C
    2ndG C EG B C E
    3rdB C E G

    ii - D minor & D minor 7th (Supertonic)

    D F A C

    • D
    • F
    • A
    • C

    D Minor Chord Inversions

    InversionD MinorD Minor 7th
    1stF A DF A C D
    2ndA D FA C D F
    3rdC D F A

    iii - E minor & E minor 7th (Mediant)

    E G B D

    • E
    • G
    • B
    • D

    E Minor Chord Inversions

    InversionE MinorE minor 7th
    1stG B EG B D E
    2ndB E GB D E G
    3rdD E G B

    IV - F Major & F Major 7th (Subdominant)

    F A C E

    • F
    • A
    • C
    • E

    F Major Chord Inversions

    InversionF MajorF Major 7th
    1stA C FA C E F
    2ndC F AC E F A
    3rdE F A C

    V - G Major & G Dominant 7th (Dominant)

    G B D F

    • G
    • B
    • D
    • F

    G Major Chord Inversions

    InversionG MajorG Dominant 7th
    1stB D GB D F G
    2ndD G BD F G B
    3rdF G B D

    vi - A minor & A minor 7th (Submediant)

    A C E G

    • A
    • C
    • E
    • G

    A Minor Chord Inversions

    InversionA MinorA minor 7th
    1stC E AC E G A
    2ndE A CE G A C
    3rdG A C E

    viio - B Diminished & B minor 7th Flat Five (Leading Tone)

    B D F A

    • B
    • D
    • F
    • A

    B Diminished Chord Inversions

    InversionB DiminishedB minor 7th Flat Five
    1stD F BD F A B
    2ndF B DF A B D
    3rdA B D F
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