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The key of B minor is one of my favorite keys to play on the piano. It’s a relatively simple key, with only two sharps (F# and C#), and it offers a unique and melancholic sound.
In this article, I will break down all the chords, scales, and progressions in the key of B minor in a simple and easy-to-understand manner.
Notes of the B Natural Minor Scale
The notes of the B natural minor scale are: B, C#, D, E, F#, G, A, B. To play this scale, start on B and follow the pattern of whole steps (W) and half steps (H): W-H-W-W-H-W-W. It’s essential to pay attention to the two sharps in this scale: F # and C#.
B Minor Chord Structure
In the key of B minor, the chords are as follows: minor, diminished, Major, minor, minor, Major, Major. The pattern remains the same for all minor keys.
Key Of B Minor Piano Chord Chart
I have listed the b minor piano chords as they ascend the scale from i to VII. Please to note that I have included it in the format of just the basic triads and then with the 7 as well. If you’re looking to spice up your chords, try to add the chords with 7 as you become more comfortable.
The B minor chords on the piano will look like this:
- i – B minor: B, D, F# – B minor 7: B, D, F#, A
- iidim: C#, E, G – C# 7: C# E, G, B
- III – D Major: D, F#, A – D Major 7: D, F#, A, C#
- iv – E minor: E, G, B – E minor 7: E, G, B, D
- v – F# minor: F#, A, C# – F# minor 7: F#, A, C#, E
- VI – G Major: G, B, D – G Major 7: G, B, D, F#
- VII – A Major: A, C#, E A Major Dom 7: A, C#, E, G#
Chord Progressions in B Natural Minor
Here are some chord progressions in the key of B minor that you can use for improvisation or songwriting:
- i, VII, VI, III (B minor, A Major, G Major, D Major)
- i, iv, VII, VI (B minor, E minor, A Major, G Major)
- i, III, VII, VI (B minor, D Major, A Major, G Major)
- i, VI, III, VII (B minor, G Major, D Major, A Major)
These progressions will give you a starting point to create your music in the key of B minor. After that, feel free to experiment with adding seventh chords and variations to add more depth and complexity to your compositions.
Key Of B Minor Summed Up
This guide gives you everything you need to know about chords in the key of b minor and includes some excellent b minor piano chord progressions to try out on your latest ideas.
This is a great key to drive a melancholic type of song and it has been used across every genre of music.