What to Know About the Eb Minor Chord
The key of Eb minor may be one of the most commonly used minor keys for many famous composers.
It’s no wonder it’s a vital aspect of any new pianist or musicians’ education.
Don’t worry, we’ve made it simple for you with this complete introduction to the E flat minor chords that are derived from this masterpiece inspiring key.
E Flat Minor Chords
Like we mentioned, the E flat minor chords are all derived from the key of E flat minor.
This key signature contains six flats. It’s about as moody-sounding as you can get.
E Flat Minor Scale
The E flat minor scale consists of the following musical tones, or notes:
- Eb (read E flat)
- Gb (read G flat)
- Ab (read A flat)
- Bb (read B flat)
- Cb (read C flat)
- Db (read D flat)
Every note except F is flatted in this key. Keeping this in mind may simplify things for you when you’re figuring out what chords exist within the E flat minor key signature.
In the key of E flat minor, the notes follow a set pattern. The pattern is as follows: minor, diminished major, minor, minor, major, major.
The chords for the key of E flat minor are below, listed in order as they occur according to the E flat minor scale:
- i- E flat minor, E flat minor seventh; or written: Ebmin, Ebmin7
- iidim- F diminished, F minor seventh flat five; or written: Fdim, Fm7b5
- III- G flat major, G flat major seventh; or written: Gbmaj, Gbmaj7
- iv- A flat minor, A flat minor seventh; or written: Abmin, Abmin7
- v- B flat minor, B flat minor seventh; or written: Bbmin, Bbmin7
- VI- C flat major, C flat major seventh; or written: Cbmaj, Cbmaj7
- VII- D flat major, D flat dominant seventh; or written: Dbmaj, Db7
Some of the most common chord progressions for E flat minor are:
1. Ebm- Cb- Db
2. Ebm- Abm- Db
3. Ebm- Abm- Bbm
4. Ebm- Cb- Gb- Db
5. Fm7b5- Bbm- Ebm
Triads and Four-Note Chords
Often, chords are played in groups of three notes called triads.
For the key of E flat minor these triads consist of the following three note progressions:
- i- E flat minor: Eb, Gb, Bb
- iidim- F diminished: F, Ab, Cb
- III- G flat major: Gb, Bb, Db
- iv- A flat minor: Ab, Cb, Eb
- v- B flat minor: Bb, Db, F
- VI- C flat major: Cb, Eb, Gb
- VII- D flat major: Db, F, Ab
If you have a keen eye for patterns, you’ll have noticed that each of these triads are merely three notes in succession from the key of E flat minor.
They simply skip one note between them.
With this pattern in mind, you can easily figure out what the fourth note of each chord would be in a four-note chord:
- i- E flat minor: Eb, Gb, Bb, Db
- iidim- F diminished: F, Ab, Cb, Eb
- III- G flat major: Gb, Bb, Db, F
- iv- A flat minor: Ab, Cb, Eb, Gb
- v- B flat minor: Bb, Db, F, Ab
- VI- C flat major: Cb, Eb, Gb, Bb
- VII- D flat major: Db, F, Ab, Cb
Eb Minor – More Helpful Theory
Don’t let your musical prowess end with a mastery of Eb minor chords alone.
For more helpful introductions to other minor scales, check out our blog.