Chords in the key of A Minor

Here we will look at the primary and secondary chords of A Minor. Since we are talking about harmonies, we will take the harmonic form of A Minor Scale. Giving each note a degree number, we get:

A B C D E F G# A
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 

Read more about the chords and scales before starting with each chord. Talking about their representation, major chords are represented in capital roman letters, minor chords in small, diminished chords in small followed by °, and augmented chords in small followed by +.

Primary Triads (Chords) in the Key of A Minor

To find the primary triads, we build chords on 1st, 4th and 5th notes of the scale.

  • Chord i – A Minor: A C E 

A Minor Chord

  • Chord iv – D Minor: D F A

D Minor Chord

  • Chord V – E Major: E G# B

E Major Chord

Note that chord 1 and 4 are minor, while chord 5 is a major triad, just like in all other minor scales. This is because the 7th note, G# is raised in the harmonic scale.

Secondary Triads (Chords) in the Key of A Minor

 Here are the secondary triads in the key of A Minor, that are built on 2nd, 3rd and 6th degrees of the scale:

  • Chord ii° – B diminished: B D F#

B Diminished Chord

  • Chord iii+ – C Augmented: C E G#

C Augmented Chord

  • Chord VI – F Major: F A C

F Major Chord

And just like all other minor keys, the 2nd triad is diminished, 3rd is augmented and 6th is a major.

  • Chord vii° – G# diminished: G# B D

Building a chord on 7th note of a minor scale produces diminished triads, just like that in a major scale.

Extended Chords

 By using the notes of A Minor scale, we build four-note seventh chords.

  • A Minor-Major 7th: A C E G#
  • B Half-diminished: B D F A
  • D Minor 7th: D F G# C
  • E Dominant 7th (A7): E G# B D
  • F Major 7th: F A C E
  • G# diminished 7th: G# B D F

More Chords in different Keys:

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