What Are The Chords In The Key Of E Minor?

What are the chords in the key of E minor? We shall list triad chords and four note extended chords below in the key of E min. Roman numerals indicate each chord’s position relative to the scale.

The notes of the E minor natural scale are: E F# G A B C D

Chords in natural minor keys follow the pattern, minor diminished major minor minor major major.

  • i – E minor, E minor seventh (Emin, Emin7)
  • iidim – F# diminished, F# minor seventh flat five (F#dim, F#m7b5)
  • III – G major, G major seventh (Gmaj, Gmaj7)
  • iv – A minor, A minor seventh (Amin, Amin7)
  • v – B minor, B minor seventh (Bmin, Bmin7)
  • VI – C major, C major seventh (Cmaj, Cmaj7)
  • VII – D major, D dominant seventh (Dmaj, D7)

Piano Chords In The Key Of E Minor

The following piano key chord chart shows all the triads in E minor as well as four note extended chords.Piano chords in the key of E minor.

Let’s now take a look at common chord progressions in the key of E minor natural. They are as follows:

  • i – VI – VII (Em – C – D)
  • i – iv – VII (Em – Am – D)
  • i – iv – v (Em – Am – Bm)
  • i – VI – III – VII (Em – C – G – D)
  • ii – v – i (F#m7b5 – Bm – Em)

Notes Of All The Chords In The key of E Minor

Let’s start with the triads

  • i – E minor: E – G – B
  • iidim – F# diminished: F# – A – C
  • III – G major: G – B – D
  • iv – A minor: A – C – E
  • v – B minor: B – D – F#
  • VI – C major: C – E – G
  • VII – D major: D – F# – A

And now, the four note chords

  • i – E minor seventh: E – G – B – D
  • iidim – F# minor seventh flat five: F# – A – C – E
  • III – G major seventh: G – B – D – F#
  • iv – A minor seventh: A – C – E – G
  • v – B minor seventh: B – D – F# – A
  • VI – C major seventh: C – E – G – B
  • VII – D dominant seventh: D – F# – A – C

Diagrams of the E minor key signature and the notes of the E natural minor  scale. There is one sharp in the Emin scale, namely, F#.E minor key signature on treble clef.E minor key signature on bass clef.

Diagram of the E minor scale on piano keyboard.E minor scale on piano (keyboard).

Chords By Key: Chords In The Keys Of A, B, C, D, E, F, G Flat, Sharp, Major & Minor

Piano Chords Charts

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