An Introduction to Chords in the Key of F# Minor

This is a simple introduction to chords in the key of F# minor (F#m or F#min). Including the tonic octave, there are eight chords in the key of F# minor. Learn about the notes in the scale of an F-sharp minor, the chords in the key signature, and F#m chord progressions, below.

The Key of F# Minor

There are eight notes in the F#m scale, which are numbered sequentially, beginning with the tonic. The tonic note is the note for which the key signature is named. Since a single note cannot be played major or minor, in the F# minor scale the tonic is F-sharp.

Minor scales are played natural, melodic, or harmonic [1]. Unless specified as melodic or harmonic, minor scales are played as natural.

The F# Natural Minor Scale

Beginning on the tonic and ending on the octave, the F#m scale, is F#, G#, A, B, C#, D, E, F#.

The first interval, from the tonic to the second note, is a whole note, while the second scale jump from the second note to the third is a half-step. From the tonic, the scale intervals consist of a major second, minor third, perfect fourth, perfect fifth, minor sixth, minor seventh, and perfect eighth.

Chords in F# Natural Minor

The F# minor key includes seven chords. F-sharp natural minor consists of the following pattern: minor, minor diminished (dim), major, minor, minor, major, major [2].
Each chord degree precedes the name and notes of each chord. Beginning on the root chord, the triad chords in F# minor are…[3]

i – F# minor (F#m): F#, A, C#

iidim – G# diminished (G#dim): G#, B, D

III – A major (A): A, C#, E

iv – B minor (Bm): B, D, F#

v – C# minor (C#m): C#, E, G#

VI – D major (D): D, F#, A

VII – E major (E): E, G#, B

The four-note chords, or seventh (7th or 7) chords in the key of F#min, include…

i – F# minor seventh (F#m7): F#, A, C#, E

iidim – G# minor seventh flat five (G#m7b5): G#, B, D, F#

III – A major seventh (A7): A, C#, E, G#

iv – B minor seventh (Bm7): B, D, F#, A

v – C# minor seventh (C#m7): C#, E, G#, B

VI – D major seventh (D7): D, F#, A, C#

VII – E major seventh (E7): E, G#, B

Chord Progression in F# minor

Take a look at a few common chord progressions in the key of F#min. Notice, how the first four begin with the tonic, and the last example starts on the second chord degree. The chords in each progression are preceded by the corresponding scale degrees.

F#m, D, E (i, VI, VII)

F#m, Bm, C#m (i, iv, v)

F#m, BM, E (i, iv, VII)

F#m, D, A, E (i, VI, III, VII)

G#m7b5, C#m, F#m (ii, v, i)

Final Thoughts

Experiment with chord progressions of your own and see which ones sound good. Have fun practicing chord changes and scale progressions in the F# minor key. Then, try changing to a corresponding key on the circle of fifths, and go back and forth.

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Stephanie Su
 

Started learning music when she was four years old, Stephanie is a music teacher and a music therapist who is highly proficient in Piano, Violin, Guitar, and Ukulele. She likes to learn, teach, and share her music playing experiences.

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