Emotions conveyed by keys

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C major

Innocently Happy

Completely pure. Simplicity and naivety. The key of children. Free of burden, full of imagination. Powerful resolve. Earnestness. Can feel religious.

Scale: C, D, E, F, G, A, and B.

Relative key: #A minor

C major piano chord triads

  • I: C, E, G
  • ii: D, F, A
  • iii: E, G, B
  • IV: F, A, C
  • V: G, B, D
  • vi: A, C, E
  • vii°: B, D, F

C major piano chord 7

  • I7: C, E, G, B
  • ii7: D, F, A, C
  • iii7: E, G, B, D
  • IV7: F, A, C, E
  • V7: G, B, D, F
  • vi7: A, C, E, G
  • vii°7: B, D, F, A

C major guitar chords

  • C: C, E, G, C, E
  • Dm: D, A, D, F
  • Em: E, B, E, G, B, E
  • F: F, C, F, A, C, F
  • G: G, B, D, G, B, G
  • Am: A, E, A, C, E
  • B°: B, F, A♭, D

C major chord progressions

  • I, IV, and V
  • I, IV, I, and V
  • I, V, vi, and IV
  • I, ii, IV, and V
  • I, vi, ii, and V
  • I, vi, IV, and V

C minor

Innocently Sad, Love-Sick

Declarations of love and lamenting lost love or unhappy relationships. It is languishing and full of longing, a soul in search of something different.

Scale: C, D, E♭, F, G, A♭, and B♭

Relative key: #E♭ major

C♯ minor

Despair, Wailing, Weeping

A passionate expression of sorrow and deep grief. Full of penance and self-punishment. An intimate conversation with God about recognition of wrongdoing and atonement.

Scale: C♯, D♯, E, F♯, G♯, A, and B

Relative key: #E major

D♭ major

Grief, Depressive

Rapture in sadness. A grimacing key of choking back tears. It is capable of a laugh or smile to pacify those around, but the truth is in despair. Fullness of tone, sonority, and euphony.

Scale: D♭, E♭, F, G♭, A♭, B♭, and C

Relative key: #B♭ minor

D major

Triumphant, Victorious War-Cries

Screaming hallelujah's, rejoicing in conquering obstacles. War marches, holiday songs, invitations to join the winning team.

Scale: D, E, F♯, G, A, B, C♯

Relative key: #B minor

D minor

Serious, Pious, Ruminating

Melancholy, feminine, brooding worries, contemplation of negativity.

Scale: D, E, F, G, A, B♭, and C

Relative key: #F major

D♯ minor

Deep Distress, Existential Angst

Dealing with anxiety and existential terror, deep distress, dark depression. The dark night of the soul. Fear, hesitation, shuddering, goose bumps. The language of ghosts.

Scale: D♯, E♯, F♯, G♯, A♯, B, and C♯

Relative key: #F♯ major

E♭ major

Cruel, Hard, Yet Full of Devotion

Love, Devotion, Intimacy, Openness, Honest Communion. Conversations with God.

Scale: E♭, F, G, A♭, B♭, C, and D

Relative key: #C minor

E major

Quarrelsome, Boisterous, Incomplete Pleasure

Shouts of Joy, Complete Delight, yet Bickering, Short-fused, Ready to Fight.

Scale: E, F♯, G♯, A, B, C♯, D♯

Relative key: #C♯ minor

E minor

Effeminate, Amorous, Restless

This key can carry grief, mournfulness, restlessness. Like a princess locked in a tower longing for her rescuer and future lover.

Scale: E, F♯, G, A, B, C, and D

Relative key: #G major

F major

Furious, Quick-Tempered, Passing Regret

Complaisance, Controlled calmness over the readiness to explode. Deeply angry but composed and sociable still. Religious sentiment.

Scale: F, G, A, B♭, C, D, E

Relative key: #D minor

F minor

Obscure, Plaintive, Funereal

Deepest depression, lament over death and loss, groans of misery, ready to expire. Harrowing. Melancholic.

Scale: F, G, A♭, B♭, C, D♭, and E♭

Relative key: #A♭ major

F♯ major

Conquering Difficulties, Sighs of Relief

Triumph over evil, obstacles, hurdles. Surmounting foes and finally finding rest in victory. Brilliant clarity of thought and feeling.

Scale: F♯, G♯, A♯, B, C♯, D♯, and E♯

Relative key: #D♯ minor

F♯ minor

Gloomy, Passionate Resentment

Tearing at your hair and shirt, discontentment, long periods of lamentation and crying. Still capable of fighting this feeling.

Scale: F♯, G♯, A, B, C♯, D, E

Relative key: #A major

G major

Serious, Magnificent, Fantasy

Rustic, Idyllic, Poetic, Lyrical. Calm and satisfied. Tenderness and Gratitude. Friendship and Faith. It is a gentle key full of peace.

Scale: G, A, B, C, D, E, and F♯

Relative key: #E minor

G minor

Discontent, Uneasiness

Worry of the future, of a failed plan, gnashing of teeth. Concern over a failed plan. Struggling with dislike and malcontent.

Scale: G, A, B♭, C, D, E♭, and F

Relative key: #B♭ major

A♭ major

Death, Eternity, Judgement

Putrefaction, Expansive viewpoints of a dark cosmos and existence. Ghosts, Ghouls, Goblins, Graveyards. Haunting and Lingering.

Scale: A♭, B♭, C, D♭, E♭, F, and G

Relative key: #F minor

A♭ minor

Grumbling, Moaning, Wailing

Suffocation of the Heart, Lamentations, Life-Long Struggles. A negative look at the experiences of life, competition, growth.

Scale: A♭, B♭, C♭, D♭, E♭, F♭, G♭

Relative key: #B major

A major

Joyful, Pastoral, Declaration of Love

Innocent Love, Satisfaction with the current state of affairs. Optimistic. Belief in Heaven and reuniting with lost loved ones. Youthful and cheerful. Trusting in the spirit of the divine.

Scale: A, B, C♯, D, E, F♯, and G♯

Relative key: #F♯ minor

A minor

Tender, Plaintive, Pious

Womanly, Graceful in character. Capable of soothing.

Scale: A, B, C, D, E, F, and G

Relative key: #C major

B♭ major

Joyful, Quaint, Cheerful

Love, Clear Conscience, Hopeful Aspirations for the future and a better world. Optimistic and able to take control in order to ensure peace.

Scale: B♭, C, D, E♭, F, G, and A

Relative key: #G minor

B♭ minor

Terrible, the Night, Mocking

The Garment of Night, Surly, Blasphemous, Turning away the world and the divine. Preparations for the end. Pessimism and giving up. Belief in darkness.

Scale: B♭, C, D♭, E♭, F, G♭, and A♭

Relative key: #D♭ major

B major

Harsh, Strong, Wild, Rage

Uncontrolled passions. Angry, Jealous, Fury, Despair, Burdened with negative energy. Prepared to fight.

Scale: B, C♯, D♯, E, F♯, G♯, and A♯

Relative key: #A♭ minor

B minor

Solitary, Melancholic, Patience

The key of patience, calmly waiting for fate, destiny, and the submission to providence and karma.

Scale: B, C♯, D, E, F♯, G, and A

Relative key: #D major

Sources

Emotions: https://ledgernote.com/blog/interesting/musical-key-characteristics-emotions/

Scales and relative keys: https://en.wikipedia.org/

Piano chords: https://mypianonotes.com/

Guitar chords: https://www.theguitarlesson.com/guitar-theory/guitar-chords/key-c-major/