The G major chord scale is a series of chords that are found in the key of G major. You can use this set of chords to build chord progressions rapidly and create emotions of satisfaction and calmness.
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What Chords Are in The G Major Scale?
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 find out which chords are in the G major scale, you first need to understand what the notes in the G major scale are. You can then use these notes (along with formulas mentioned below) to work out the chords in the key.
The G major scale consists of:
G, A, B, C, D, E, F#
When you have the notes in the G major scale, you can use these notes to work out the series of which the chords appear in the G major chord scale. To do this, you need to use a chord scale formula to work out which chords will be major, minor or diminished.
Below are the major & minor chord scale formulas:
- Major: major, minor, minor, major, major, minor, diminished
- Minor: minor, diminished, major, minor, minor, major, major
Because G major is a major key, you want to use the major chord scale formula. This is: Major Minor Minor Major Major Minor Diminished. You then plug this into every note in the G major scale above. This will give you the correct series of chords.
Therefore the G major chord scale consists of:
- G major
- A minor
- B minor
- C major
- D major
- E minor
- F# diminished
You can play each of these chords in their natural triad shapes, and you will have the G major chord scale. However, if you don't know how to play triads – you can use chord spellings to work them out and understand how each chord is made up.
The most common chord spellings are:
- Major – 1, 3, 5
- Minor – 1, b3, 5
- Diminished – 1, b3, b5
- Augmented – 1, 3, #5
So if you take the 3rd chord as an example. Because it's a B minor chord, you use the minor spelling (1, b3, 5) listed above, but use the B major scale.
For example: take the B major scale, count the 1 note (B), then the 3 note and move it a semi-tone down (D), then the 5 note (F#).
Chords In The Key of G Major
All of the chords above are found in the G major chord scale. You can use these chords in any series to create a basic chord progression that sounds good in the key of G major.
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What Notes Are in The Chords of The G Major Scale?
When you understand the chords in the G major scale, it's important to know which notes make up each chord.
Here are the chords in the G major scale, with their respective notes:
- G major – G, B, D
- A minor – A, C, E
- B minor – B, D, F#
- C major – C, E, G
- D major – D, F#, A
- E minor – E, G, B
- F# diminished – F#, A, C
Common Chord Progressions in G Major
When you know the chords and their respective notes, you can start to use chord progressions to rapidly build chord melodies for your tracks. You can use these chord progressions in any scale – you simply apply the roman numeral numbers to the corresponding number in your chord scale.
Anything with a 6, 7, 9 after it, is an extension chord, lowercase = minor, and uppercase = major.
Here's a list of common chord progressions in F Major: