Guitar Chord Key Chart

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Below is a guitar chord key chart the major and minor keys.  A chord key chart outlines the diatonic chords, or the chords that naturally occur in a given key. Chord charts are useful when trying to figure out the key of a song. If you know the chords of a song, you can list them out and compare them to the chords in the chart to help determine the key.

These guitar key charts can also be used as a reference to help guide chord selection and substitution. This is particularly useful when writing your own chord progressions.

Major Keys Chord Chart

The key chart below describes the chords belonging to the major keys. The top row of the chart lists the intervals and qualities of the chord.

Uppercase numerals represent major chords while lowercase represent minor chords.

Download the Guitar Chord Keys Chart for the Major Keys PDF

KeyIiiiiiIVVvi*vii
CCDmEmFGAmBm♭5
C#C#D#mE#mF#G#A#mB#m♭5
D♭D♭E♭mFmG♭A♭B♭mCm♭5
DDEmF#mGABmC#m♭5
E♭E♭FmGmA♭B♭CmDm♭5
EEF#mG#mABC#mDm♭5
FFGmAmB♭CDmEm♭5
F#F#G#mA#mBC#D#mE#m♭5
G♭G♭A♭mB♭mC♭D♭E♭mFm♭5
GGAmBmCDEmF#m♭5
A♭A♭B♭mCmD♭E♭mFmGm♭5
AABmC#mDEF#mG#m♭5
B♭B♭CmDmE♭FGmAm♭5
BBC#D#EF#G#mA#m♭5

* The vi (6th) interval of a major key is the relative minor key. The relative major/minor keys share the same key signature and chords, only the intervals are re-numbered to reflect the minor root. Read more about relative major and minor keys.

Minor Keys Chord Chart

The chart below lists out the chords for the minor keys. Again, the top row represents the interval for each chord.

Download the Guitar Chord Key Chart for the Minor Keys PDF

KeyiiiIIIivvVIVII
AmAmBm♭5CDmEmFG
A#mA#mB#m♭5C#D#mE#mF#G#
B♭mB♭mCm♭5D♭E♭mFmG♭A♭
BmBmC#m♭5DEmF#mGA
CmCmDm♭5E♭FmGmA♭B♭
C#mC#mDm♭5EF#mG#mAB
DmDmEm♭5FGmAmB♭C
D#mD#mE#m♭5F#G#mA#mBC#
E♭mE♭mFm♭5G♭A♭mB♭mC♭D♭
EmEmF#m♭5GAmBmCD
FmFmGm♭5A♭B♭mCmD♭E♭m
F#mF#mG#m♭5ABmC#mDE
GmGmAm♭5B♭CmDmE♭F
G#mG#mA#m♭5BC#D#EF#

* The III (3rd) interval of a minor key is the relative major key. The relative major/minor keys share the same key signature and chords, only the intervals are re-numbered to reflect the minor root. Read more about relative major and minor keys.

Determining the Chords of a Key

Chords of a given key are built from the scale of the key center. For instance, chords in the key of C major are built from the C major scale. The chord and chord quality is determined by the intervals between the notes in a scale.

To learn more about how chords in a key are made, check out the lesson Building Chords from the Major Scale.  It’ll walk you through the steps of creating the major and minor chords of a key.

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