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. our editorial process Espie Estrella 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 The I - IV - V Chord Pattern Introduction to Major and Minor Piano Scales Dominant 7th's vs. Major 7th Chord Playing Chord Patterns on Guitar triad Major Piano Triad Scales Constructing Tonic Triads Beginner Bass Chords for Piano in C Major How a Diminished Chord Is Created Key Signatures With Sharps Minor Triad Chords for Piano: Flats Minor Triad Chords for Piano: Sharps How to Write Strong Chord Progressions for Your Guitar Songs barline Minor Triad Chords for Piano What Is the Circle of Fifths?