The Bb minor chord scale is a series of chords that can be found in the B flat minor scale. These chords can be used in loads of different combinations to write chord progressions and melodies that are in the key of B flat minor. Bb minor is especially good for creating emotions of discontent in your melodies.
In this article, we're going to go through the B flat minor chord scale in-depth – so buckle up!
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What Are The Chords in The Key of B Flat Minor?
Piano Chord Scale Quick Links:
| C major | C minor | C# major | C# minor | D major | D minor | Eb major | D# minor | E major | E minor |
| F major | F minor | F# major | F# minor | G major | G minor | Ab major | Ab minor | A major | A minor |
| B major | B minor |
To understand the chords in the Bb minor scale, you need to know which notes that make up the B flat minor scale. You can then use formulas (discussed below) to work out the shapes of each chord, and how to play them.
The B flat minor scale is as follows:
Bb C Db Eb F Gb Ab
Once you have the notes in the B flat minor scale, you can work out the series in which the chords show up. To do this, you can simply plug in a major or minor chord scale formula. Because you want to work out the minor, you will use the minor chord scale formula.
The major & minor chord scale formulas are:
- Major: major, minor, minor, major, major, minor, diminished
- Minor: minor, diminished, major, minor, minor, major, major
Using the minor formula, the B flat minor chord scale is as follows:
- Bb minor
- C diminished
- Db major
- Eb minor
- F minor
- Gb major
- Ab major
Now you know the chords, you can play these in sequence to play the B flat minor chord scale, provided you know how to play basic triads. If you don't know these, you can work them out using chord spellings.
The most common chord spellings are:
- Major – 1, 3, 5
- Minor – 1, b3, 5
- Diminished – 1, b3, b5
- Augmented – 1, 3, #5
If we run through a quick example using these spellings to build a chord from the B flat minor scale, you can follow the same process for the rest of the chords in the key of B flat minor.
Let's take the 3rd chord in the Bb minor chord scale (Db major). You'll notice that it's a major chord, meaning you'll use the major chord spelling to work out the chord, using the major scale of the root note of the chord.
This means, that because it's a Db major chord you want, you'll use the Db major scale. You then plug in the major spelling (1, 3, 5). This will help you to find the 1 note (Db), the 3 note (F), and the 5 note (Ab).
You can repeat this process for every chord in the key. Remember to use the scale of the root note of your chord and the spelling that contains the correct quality.
E.G. F (root – find the F major scale) minor (quality – use the minor chord spelling)
Which Notes Make Up The Chords of The B Flat Minor Scale
Now you know the series of chords, it's important to know what notes are needed to play each chord.
Here are all the chords in the Bb minor chord scale, with each note mapped out:
- Bb minor – Bb, Db, F
- C diminished – C, Eb, Gb
- Db major – Db, F, Ab
- Eb minor – Eb, Gb, Bb
- F minor – F, Ab, C
- Gb major – Gb, Db, Bb
- Ab major – Ab, C, Eb
Common Chord Progressions in B Flat Minor
Chord progressions are pre-made chord melodies that already sound good and can be used as a springboard for your melody ideas. You can use these with any scale by simply matching the roman numeral numbers to the numbers found in the chord scale picture above.
Note: Anything with a 6, 7, 9 after it, is an extension chord, lowercase = minor, and uppercase = major.
Here are some common chord progressions in B flat minor:
The A Sharp Minor Chord Scale
The A sharp minor chord scale has the same notes and chords as the B flat minor chord scale. However, the notation is different and will be written differently when looking at musical score.
This will make them appear as different keys, but in reality, they sound exactly the same as each other and, unless you are writing or reading musical scores, then there's not much for you to worry about (I wouldn't learn the differences as an electronic music producer).
However, we're going to cover the A# minor chord scale here for you, so you can understand the differences and learn them if you wish.
To understand how to play the A# minor chord scale, you must first know what notes create the A# minor scale.
The notes in the A# minor scale are as follows:
A#, B#, C#, D#, E#, F#, G#
Now you have the notes, you can use the formulas (as listed above) to work out the chords in the key of A# minor, following the exact same process as we walked you through under the Bb minor headings.
Here are the chords in the key of A# minor:
- A# minor
- B# diminished
- C# major
- D# minor
- E# minor
- F# major
- G# major
The Notes of Chords in The Key of A Sharp Minor
Just like in the B flat minor scale, it's important to know which notes make up the chords in the A# minor chord scale, so we've listed them below.
- A# minor – A#, C#, E#
- B# diminished – B#, D#, F#
- C# major – C#, E#, G#
- D# minor – D#, F#, A#
- E# minor – E#, G#, B#
- F# major – F#, A#, C#
- G# major – G#, B#, D#
Common Chord Progressions in A Sharp Minor
The chord progressions listed above in B flat minor can also be used in A Sharp minor. If you want to create melodies, pre-made chord progressions are a great start.
Here are some different common chord progressions in A sharp minor:
- I – IV – V
- vi – ii – V7 – I
- IV – I6 – V
- I – iii – IV – V
- i – VI – i – v
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