Chords in the Key of F – Same as D Minor (The Relative Minor Key)
The Notes in the F Major Scale are as follows:
F G A Bb C D E
Below are 8 progressions using the chords of F Major. Notice how all the chords start with an F chord except one. Progression numero 6 is a ii, ii7, V7 – I progression.
In other words a 2, 5, 1. This is a very popular progression that you can put to use right away. In fact, you can use this progression for an entire song and have fun creating melodies and licks over the chords for days on end.
Give it a try.
- F C Dm C Bb C
- F Bb Am Edim Dm Gm C7
- Fmaj7 Bbmaj7 C C7
- F Bb Am Dm7 Bb C7
- F5 F5 Bb5 Bb5 D5 C5
- Gm Gm7 C7 Fmaj7
- F Dm C F Bb C Dm C
- F C Gm Dm Am Em7b5 Bb7 F (circle of 5th’s)
I like F Major because its the relative of a very dark key – D Minor. Its also the Parallel key (Same root note) as F Minor.
Listening examples in the Key of F Major:
Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99 – Johannes Brahms
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102 – Dmitri Shostakovich
String Quartet No. 3 in F major, Op. 73 – Dmitri Shostakovich
String Quartet in F major – Maurice Ravel
“Autumn” from The Four Seasons (RV 293) – Antonio Vivaldi
Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K. 332/300k – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Pick a progression. Then, for the next section, pick a progression from either D minor or F minor and combine the two. Should sound pretty cool. If not, it only means you are using the wrong chords. Try switching them around and making them work.
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