So here is all you need to remember:
I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII. C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C .
If you remember that order of: "Major, Minor, Minor, Major, Major, Minor, and Diminished" You will have the basic formula for Major Key Chord Progressions. So if we go back to our example of figuring out chords in the key of C Major, we would have our notes: C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C. and apply the one word that goes after each letter, whether it be major, minor, or diminished. I. C Major Chord II. D Minor Chord III. E Minor Chord IV. F Major Chord V. G Major Chord VI. A Minor Chord VII. B Diminished Chord See above we have the scale, C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C. In that order. And in the same order we have, Major, Minor, Minor, Major, Major, Minor, and Diminished. So we have: C Major, D Minor, E Minor, F Major, G Major, A Minor, and B Diminished. And there's the chords in the key of C Major! So let's test your knowledge. Lets try to figure out the chords in G Major. Take the G Major Scale, which is: G, A, B, C, D, E, F#, G. And our magic formula above; Major, Minor, Minor, Major, Major, Minor, Diminished. And try to figure out what chords are in the key of G Major. You can write it down or memorize it or whatever you do.
I = Major II = Minor III = Minor IV = Major V = Major VI = Minor VII = Diminished
Okay! What did you come up with? Hopefully it was: G Major A Minor B Minor C Major D Major E Minor F# Diminished Hope this lesson was informative :) Stay tuned for my next lesson on Natural Minor Scale and the chords that belong to them!
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