Chords of the C and Am scales

So is there any reason for me to read any other tutorials if you’re just gonna create this series of posts?

1. Topics of discussion

In this series, we’ll talk about the chords which are part of diatonic scales. We’re gonna go through this one major scale and its minor relative at a time and in this tutorial, we will learn about all the chords which are part of the C major and A minor scales. For A minor, we will take a look at all 3 variations: natural, harmonic and melodic.

We will be using the circle of fifths as the indicator for the order in which we go through all of these and we will look at both regular and seventh chords, since there are the more commonly used chords in music. So, let’s have some fun.

2. Chords of C major

The C major scale consists of the notes C, D, E, F, G, A and B. And based on the triads you can form on each note, the basic and seventh chords which are part of the C major scale are as follows:

I II III IV V VI VII
basic chords C Dm Em F G Am Bdim
seventh chords Cmaj7 Dm7 Em7 Fmaj7 G7 Am7 Bm7 (♭5)

3. Chords of A minor

The A minor scale consists of the A, B, C, D, E, F and G notes. The harmonic version contains a G♯ instead of a G and the melodic version contains the F♯ and G♯ notes instead of F and G.

The natural Am scale contains the following chords:

I II III IV V VI VII
basic chords Am Bdim C Dm Em F G
seventh chords Am7 Bm7 (♭5) Cmaj7 Dm7 Em7 Fmaj7 G7

Let’s now look at the chords which are part of the harmonic Am scale:

I II III IV V VI VII
basic chords Am Bdim Caug Dm E F G♯dim
seventh chords Am7 Bm7 (♭5) Caug maj7 Dm7 E7 Fmaj7 G♯m7 (♭5)

Let’s now look at the chords which are part of the melodic Am scale:

I II III IV V VI VII
basic chords Am Bm Caug D E F♯dim G♯dim
seventh chords Am7 Bm7 Caug maj7 D7 E7 F♯m7 (♭5) G♯m7 (♭5)

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