Neapolitan Chords

A Neapolitan chord is a major chord built on the flattened second scale degree of a major or minor scale. For example, the Neapolitan chord in the key of C-Major or C-minor would be a D-flat-Major chord.

Neapolitan chords in root position
Neapolitan chords are often used in first inversion, and are often called Neapolitan-sixth chords because of the interval of a sixth occurring in the inversion.

Neapolitan-sixth chord
Neapolitan-sixth chord in C-Major
Neapolitan chords often resolve to a dominant chord. The following examples show Neapolitan chords used in chord progressions.

Neapolitan chords used in chord progressions