Let’s take a look at the chords that appear within the key of E Minor. We start with the scale and give each note a scale degree number:
Below are the Primary and Secondary chords of the E harmonic minor scale. Remember the notation – capital romans for major chords, small romans for minor chords, small romans followed by ° for diminished chords, and small romans followed by + for augmented chords.
Primary Triads (Chords) in the Key of E Minor
Remember, to build the primary triads, we build the chords on the first, fourth and fifth degrees of the scale.
Chord i – E Minor: E G B
Chord iv- A Minor: A C E
Chord V- B Major: B D# F#
While chords i and iv are minor, by using the harmonic form of the minor scale, (ie D# instead of D), we create a major triad as chord V. This pattern occurs in each minor key.
Secondary Triads (Chords) in the Key of E Minor
Here are the secondary triads occurring in E Minor:
Chord ii° – F# diminished: F# A C
Chord iii+ – G Augmented: G B D
Chord VI – C Major: C E G
Notice that within a minor key, chord ii will be a diminished chord, chord III an augmented triad and chord VI a major.
Chord vii° – D# diminished: D# F# A
Like in major scales, building a chord on the seventh note of the minor scale will produce a diminished chord.
By using the notes of the E Minor scale, we can build the following four-note seventh chords:
- E Minor-Major 7th: E G B D#
- F# Half-diminished: F# A C E
- A Minor 7th: A C E G
- B Dominant 7th (B7): B D# F# A
- C Major 7th: C E G B
- D diminished 7th: D# F# A C
More Chords in different Keys: