Diatonic Chords of C Flat Major Scale

How to form diatonic chords of C flat major scale?

C Flat Major Scale

C♭ – D♭ – E♭ – F♭ – G♭ – A♭ – B♭ – C♭ are the notes of the C flat major scale.

c flat major scale

 

Diatonic chords are formed by stacking two generic third notes above each scale note.

c flat major diatonic chords

C Flat Major Diatonic Chords

These are the seven major scale diatonic chords that come from the C flat major scale.

c flat major diatonic chords

Each major scale diatonic chord is labelled with a roman numeral number, and follows the same pattern:

I,  ii,  iii,  IV,  V,  vi, viiº

c flat major diatonic chords

We use uppercase roman numeral numbers to represent major chords, lowercase to represent minor chords, uppercase with a small plus sign to represent augmented chords, and lowercase with a small circle to represent diminished chords.

Firstfourth and fifth chords of a major scale will always be major chordsSecondthird and sixth chords of a major scale will always be minor chordsSeventh chord of a major scale will always be diminished chords.

The seven diatonic chords formed from the key of C flat major are:

I.  C♭ – E♭ – G♭ (C Flat major chord)

ii.  D♭ – F♭ – A♭ (D♭ minor chord) *Notice that D♭ and C♯ are enharmonic equivalents. C Sharp minor chord is used more commonly than D♭ minor chord.

iii.  E♭ – G♭ – B♭ (E Flat minor chord)

IV.  F♭ – A♭ – C♭ (F♭ major chord) *Notice that F♭ and E are enharmonic equivalents, and E major chord is used more commonly than F♭major chord.

V. G♭ – B♭ – D♭ (G Flat major chord)

vi.  A♭ – C♭ – E♭ (A Flat minor chord)

viiº.  B♭ – D♭ – F♭ (B Flat diminished chord)

These are the chords that are diatonic to the C flat major scale. They are directly related to the C flat major key and make a harmonic sound for music in the same key.

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