The F# minor chord scale is a sequence of chords that can be used in the key of F# minor. This is a great scale to create gloomy and passionate emotions in your melody writing. In this article, we'll cover the F sharp minor chord scale, how to play it and what its uses are.
F sharp minor is identical to G flat minor. Although they are different keys, they will contain the same chords but will be written differently in notation. This is important to know if you are looking for the Gb minor scale.
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What Are The Chords in The Key of F Sharp Minor
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| 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 |
In order to find out which chords are in the key of F# minor, you must understand which notes make up the F sharp minor scale, because you can use these notes (along with formulas we'll cover below) to build the chords.
The F# minor scale consists of:
F♯, G♯, A, B, C♯, D, E.
When you have the notes in the F sharp minor scale, you can use these notes to create the sequence of chords found in the F sharp minor chord scale. To do this, you use a certain formula to find out the sequence.
The major & minor chord scale formulas are:
- Major: major, minor, minor, major, major, minor, diminsihed
- Minor: minor, diminished, major, minor, minor, major, major
As you're working in the minor key, you'll want to use the minor chord scale formula. This is: minor, diminished, major, minor, minor, major, major. To find the series of chords, you just plug this into the F sharp major scale.
Therefore the F# minor chord scale is as follows:
- F# minor
- G# diminished
- A major
- B minor
- C# minor
- D major
- E major
You can play these as basic triad chords. But, if you don't know how to play triads, you can also work out the notes that make up each chord, 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
So let's take the 3rd chord in the F sharp minor chord scale as an example. Seeing as it's an A major chord, you will use the minor spelling to create a minor chord (1, b3, 5), but use the F major scale to build it from. This is because the spelling formulas have been built to use from the major scale.
So, you'll take the A major scale, count the 1 note (A), then the 3 note and move it a semi-tone down (C#), then the 5 note (E).
Which Notes Make Up The Chords of The F Sharp Minor Scale?
Now you understand the chords in the key of F sharp minor, you'll want to know the makeup of each individual chord and how to play them. You will have found this if you used the chord spellings already, but we'll leave them here for reference too.
- F# minor – F#, A, C#
- G# diminished – G#, B, D
- A major – A, C#, E
- B minor – B, D, F#
- C# minor – C#, E, G#
- D major – D, F#, A
- E major – E, G#, B
The Key of Eb Minor
All of the chords in the F# minor scale, match with the chords in the Gb major scale. They will sound in the same key when played, but have different notation when written on a musical score. The chords will also have different names.
Unless you're writing musical score, this difference doesn't really matter and you can use either version you like.
You can use the chords in the F sharp and Gb major scale to make basic sounding progressions, but if you want to sound a bit more professional, you'll want to start adding extensions, bass notes, and inversions. We cover this extensively in our Piano Chord Poster PDF guide, which comes with every purchase of a poster.
Common Chord Progressions in F Sharp Minor
With chord scales a great trick to use, is to find chord progressions that have already been crafted. These are like chord spellings, but for chord progressions – you can simply plug them into any scale you like and kickstart a melody idea quickly.
To use them, you just take the roman numerals and match them with the roman numeral found in your chord scale.
Anything with a 6, 7, 9 after it, is an extension chord, lowercase = minor, and uppercase = major.
Here are some common chord progression in F Sharp Minor: