Let’s now find the chords belonging to the keys of D Minor.
Start with the scale and give each note a scale degree number. Remember, because we are dealing with harmony, we will use the harmonic form of the minor scale:
Primary Triads (Chords) in the Key of D Minor
Find the primary triads by building chords on the first, fourth and fifth degrees of the scale:
- Chord i – D Minor: D F A
- Chord iv – G Minor: G A# D
- Chord V – A Major: A C# E
Notice that, as in each minor key, chords one and four are minor, while five is major, thanks to the raised 7th (C#) in the harmonic minor scale.
Secondary Triads (Chords) in the Key of D Minor
Here are the secondary triads in the key of D Minor, built on second, third and sixth degrees of the scale:
- Chord ii° – E diminished: E G A#
- Chord iii+ – F Augmented: F A C#
- Chord VI – A# Major: A# D F
As with all minor keys, chord two will be a diminished chord, chord three an augmented triad and chord six a major.
- Chord vii° – C# diminished: C# E G
As with major scales, building a chord on the seventh note of the harmonic minor scale forms a diminished triad.
By using the notes of the E Minor scale, we can also build the following four-note extended chords:
- D Minor-Major 7th: D F A C#
- E Half-diminished: E G A# D
- G Minor 7th: G A# D F
- A Dominant 7th (A7): A C# E G
- A# Major 7th: A# D F A
- C# diminished 7th: C# E G A#
More Chords in different Keys: