What Are The
Minor Piano Chords?


There are 12 minor piano chords. If you know major chords, you can make a minor chord easily. To make minor chords, play the major chord and then lower the middle note. (The middle note is the 3rd note of the scale.)

Lowering a note means to make the note lower by one semi-tone or a half-step. This usually means going from a white key to the next lowest black key or vice versa. For example, E goes to Eb, C# goes to C. Be careful of C and F though because with these notes you go to the next lowest white key.

For example, if you want to play an A minor chord, think about the notes for A major. They are A C# E. Then lower the middle note. This means taking C# to C. The notes for this chord then are A C E.


Minor chords are written with a small “m”. For example, F#m, Em, Bbm.


Here’s a list of the all the minor piano chords:


Minor Piano Chords: a minor
Am = A C E


Minor Piano Chords: Bb minor

Bbm = Bb Db F


Minor Piano Chords: b minor

Bm = B D F#


Minor Chords: c minor

Cm = C Eb G




C#m = C# E G#


Minor Piano Chords: d minor

Dm = D F A


Minor Piano Chords: Eb minor

Ebm = Eb Gb Bb


Minor Piano Chords: e minor

Em = E G B


Minor PIano Chords: f minor

Fm = F Ab C


Minor Piano Chords: f sharp minor

F#m = F# A C#


Minor Piano Chords: g minor

Gm = G Bb D


Minor Piano Chords: g sharp minor

G#m = G# B D#


Major piano chords and minor piano chords are the most common types. If you’ve learned both kinds, you can play almost anything. The next most common type is 7th chords. You can find them on the chord charts page along with many other types of chords. Now you know all about minor chords!



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