Minor Scale Diatonic Chords

How to form natural minor scale diatonic chords?

Example: A Minor Diatonic Chords

A – B – C – D – E – F – G – A are the notes of the A minor scale.

a minor scale


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

a minor diatonic chords


A Minor Diatonic Chords

These are the seven minor scale diatonic chords that come from the A minor scale. These chords will sound good together, because they are in the same key.

a minor diatonic chords


Each diatonic chord is labelled with a roman numeral number. 

i,  iiº,  III,  iv,  v,  VI,  VII

a minor 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.

The seven diatonic chords in the A natural minor key are:

i – The first chord: A C E (root, minor third and perfect fifth) is a minor chord (A minor chord)

iiº – The second chord: B D F (root, minor third, diminished fifth) is a diminished chord (B diminished chord)

III – The third chord: C E G (root, major third, perfect fifth) is major chord (C major chord)

iv – The fourth chord: D F A (root, minor third and perfect fifth) is a minor chord (D minor chord)

v – The fifth chord: E G B (root, minor third and perfect fifth) is a minor chord (E minor chord)

VI – The sixth chord: F A C (root, major third, perfect fifth) is a major chord (F major chord)

VII– The seventh chord: G B D (root, major third, perfect fifth) is a major chord (G major chord)

These are the harmonic chords that are diatonic to the A minor scale

All natural minor diatonic chords follow the same pattern of chord quality: i   iiº   III   iv   v   VI   VII  (First, fourth and fifth chords in natural minor will always be minor. Third, sixth and seventh chords in natural minor scale will always be major. Second chord in natural minor scale will always be diminished.)

A different pattern applies to harmonic minori   iiº   III+   iv   V   VI   viiº and melodic minor: i   ii   III+  IV  V  viº viiº 


Minor Scale Diatonic Chords in Other Keys

Minor scale with no sharp or flat:

Diatonic Chords of A Minor Scale

Minor scales with sharps:

Diatonic Chords of E Minor Scale
Diatonic Chords of B Minor Scale
Diatonic Chords of F Sharp Minor Scale
Diatonic Chords of C Sharp Minor Scale

Enharmonic minor scales:

Diatonic Chords of A Flat Minor Scale / G Sharp Minor Scale
Diatonic Chords of E Flat Minor Scale / D Sharp Minor Scale
Diatonic Chords of B Flat Minor Scale / A Sharp Minor Scale

Minor scales with flats:

Diatonic Chords of D Minor Scale
Diatonic Chords of G Minor Scale
Diatonic Chords of C Minor Scale
Diatonic Chords of F Minor Scale