Flat Major Chord Scale for C
Let’s put our knowledge to work by playing a flat Major chord scale for C Major.
Like secondary dominants, this produces some new (and commonly used) sounds which live outside the key center.
Playing this chord scale obviously doesn’t fully tonify C as home, as with diatonic chord scales (a great way to tune our ears to key centers), but C can sound homey.
We are keeping everything triads, but try 7ths…even more interesting sounds. Flat Majors are typically used in rock [often power chord type applications].
Here we go…let’s strum this chord scale…
The mutes provide the space to get into the new shape.
We are keeping the chord scale in ‘P1’. The chords follow the fixed position CAGED cycle [ascending = C C D E E G A – these are beneath the tab]. Another good way to play this is to use only the A form, starting on C in P3 and moving up the board (all Majors!).
We’ve included F Major to keep it alphabetical, even though it is a diatonic chord (and doesn’t have a flat Major version – F♭ is E, which is the secondary dominant of Am – Am is the vi chord in C, so E would be the V/vi in C).
These chords can create contrast within a key setting. They can often be good choices for going outside the key during the bridge of a song.