Commonly Used Chords For Each Key

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Commonly Used Chords

Step I II III IV V VI VII
Key major minor minor major major minor diminished
C Am C Dm Em F G Am Bdim
Db Bbm Db Ebm Fm Gb Ab Bbm Cdim
D Bm D Em F#m G A Bm C#dim
Eb Cm Eb Fm Gm Ab Bb Cm Ddim
E C#m E F#m G#m A B C#m D#dim
F Dm F Gm Am Bb C Dm Edim
F# D#m F# G#m A#m B C# D#m E#dim
Gb Ebm Gb Abm Bbm Cb Db Ebm Fdim
G Em G Am Bm C D Em F#dim
Ab Fm Ab Bbm Cm Db Eb Fm Gdim
A F#m A Bm C#m D E F#m G#dim
Bb Gm Bb Cm Dm Eb F Gm Adim
B G#m B C#m D#m E F# G#m A#dim
Notes: [1] Dim chords are less commonly used than any other. [2] Very often variations of the chords show are used. For example the V is very often played as a 7th (G7 when playing in C). Sometimes the II is played as a major followed by a V to "bring it home" (D followed by G when playing in C).
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