Melosic

Relative Chords

Relative chords are the chords that sound good together.

Try these chords in major one by one:

C F G

Now minor chords:

Dm Em Am

All these chords are relative chords in the key of C Major.

Here is the full table that shows relative chords for Major Keys.

Major Key

I

II

III

IV

V

VI

VII

C

C

Dm

Em

F

G

Am

Bdim

D

D

Em

F#m

G

A

Bm

C#dim

E

E

F#m

G#m

A

B

C#m

D#dim

F

F

Gm

Am

Bb

C

Dm

Edim

G

G

Am

Bm

C

D

Em

F#dim

A

A

Bm

C#m

D

E

F#m

G#dim

B

B

C#m

D#m

E

F#

G#m

A#dim

You may have noticed that:

  • chords under I, IV and V are in major
  • chords under II, III and VI are in minor
  • chords under VII are diminished

Similarly, these are the relative chords for Minor Keys:

Minor
Key

I

II

III

IV

V

VI

VII

Cm

Cm

Ddim

Eb

Fm

Gm

Ab

Bb

Dm

Dm

Edim

F

Gm

Am

Bb

C

Em

Em

F#dim

G

Am

Bm

C

D

Fm

Fm

Gdim

Ab

Bbm

Cm

D

E

Gm

Gm

Adim

Bb

Cm

Dm

Eb

F

Am

Am

Bdim

C

Dm

Em

F

G

Bm

Bm

C#dim

D

Em

F#m

G

A

If you want to see chord diagrams, put the chords in the box below and click ‘Get Chords’:

Cm Ddim Eb Fm

 

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