Hobbies Playing Music The ii, iii, and vi Chords Songwriting 101 Share PINTEREST Email Print Steve Ritzer/Getty Images Playing Music Music Education Basics Music History Music Lessons Music Theory Playing Guitar Playing Piano Home Recording by Espie Estrella Espie Estrella is a lyricist, songwriter, and member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International. Updated November 04, 2019 You may know how to form and play the I, IV and V chords. Now, it's time learn about the ii, iii, and vi chords. Constructing ii, iii, and vi chords These chords are built from the 2nd, 3rd and 6th notes of a scale and are all minor chords. Note that these chords come from the same key as the I, IV and V chords. Let's take the key of D for example: D = IEm = iiF#m = iiiG = IVA = VBm = vi Note that the chords built on the 2nd, 3rd and 6th notes of the key of D are Em - F#m and Bm. Therefore, the ii - iii - vi chord pattern for the key of D is:Em (note ii) = E - G - B (1st + 3rd + 5th notes of the Em scale)F#m (note iii) = F# - A - C# (1st + 3rd + 5th notes of the F#m scale)Bm (note vi) = B - D - F# (1st + 3rd + 5th notes of the Bm scale) Memorize all the minor chords for every key. If you combine these chords with the major chords that form the I - IV - V pattern your melodies will become fuller and less predictable. Below is a table where you can easily see the ii, iii and vi chords in every key. Clicking on the chord name will bring you to an illustration which will show you how to play each chord on a keyboard. The ii, iii and vi Chords Major Key - Chord Pattern Key of C Dm - Em - Am Key of D Em - F#m - Bm Key of E F#m - G#m - C#m Key of F Gm - Am - Dm Key of G Am - Bm - Em Key of A Bm - C#m - F#m Key of B C#m - D#m - G#m Key of Db Ebm - Fm - Bbm Key of Eb Fm - Gm - Cm Key of Gb Abm - Bbm - Ebm Key of Ab Bbm - Cm - Fm Key of Bb Cm - Dm - Gm Continue Reading How to Decipher the I - IV - V Chord Pattern Dominant 7th's vs. Major 7th Chord How Do You Construct Tonic Triads for Music? C Major Triad Practice Scales for Piano Beginner Bass Piano Chords Learn Popular Chord Progressions on Guitar Learn About the Key Signatures Increase Your Musical Knowledge of Diminished Chords Easy Minor Chords for Piano Easy Minor Chords for Piano Learn the Easiest Chords for Piano Use a Capo Chord Chart to Make Playing Guitar With a Capo Easier How to Build Major Scales Learn the 7th Chords on Guitar Minor Practice Scales for Beginner Piano What Are the Major and Minor 7th Chords?