Below are some common chord progressions in the key of B Flat Minor.
This is the same key as Chopin’s Funeral March that was played at Mozart’s funeral and will probably be played for centuries to come.
I wanted to share some songwriting tips with this key by giving you some strong progressions. Strong progressions are achieved by getting the most out of them.
Heres how you do it..
You pick the chord that precedes it by using a circle progression. Normally you can count up four notes, the first one being the note of the chord you are using. For example:
Bbm count up to the 4th note of the scale and use that chord. In this case its Ebm. And so on. You can do this starting from any chord in the key to come up with a progression. You don’t always have to start with the first chord of the key. I did below to keep it easy.
B Flat Minor
The Notes in the Bb Minor Scale are as follows:
Bb C Db Eb F Gb Ab
Bbm Ebm Fm
Bbm Cdim Fm
Cdim Fm Bbm
Bbm Ab Db Ebm Fm
Bbm Fm Ebm Fm
Bbm Db Ab Fm
Ebm Fm Bbm7 Fm7 Bbm
Bbm Cdim Db Ebm Fm7
It is a good idea to go back and listen to all the progressions a minimum of 10x each if you haven’t trained your ear to hear these progressions. If you can tell which chords are being played in a key by ear you are at a level of a jazz musician who can jump on stage with any band anywhere in the world and simply start improvising with the band. This is true if you also know your chords, scales and arpeggios, but if your ear is good…you are off to an incredible start.
Here are the chords in chord charts and on tablature. I also did them in on the staff for those of you who like to see them on the staff. (piano players, guitar players who read and any other musicians who like to read)
Classical Music Pieces in B Flat Minor
Prokofiev – Dance of the Knights
Schumann – Romances for Piano op. 28 no. 1 of 3 in B Flat Minor
Other listening examples:
Nocturnes, Op.9 (Chopin, Frédéric)
Scherzo No.2, Op.31 (Chopin, Frédéric)
Preludes, Op.28 (Chopin, Frédéric)
Polonaise in B-flat minor, B.13 (Chopin, Frédéric)
Prelude and Fugue in B-flat minor, BWV 867 (Bach, Johann Sebastian)
Élégie, Op.9 (Gregh, Louis)
Piano Sonata No.2, Op.35 (Chopin, Frédéric)
Piano Sonata No.2, Op.36 (Rachmaninoff, Sergei)
Looks like Chopin likes this key a lot. 😉