The Cm piano chord is a minor chord and made up of the notes C Eb and G.
This is a pretty common chord and a good one to understand and have memorized. We're going to learn more about the C minor chord here including:
The Cm piano chord notes are C Eb G.
These are the notes in root position order but remember, they can be played in any order on the piano. Just keep the C as the bass note for the most part.
I usually play C in my left hand and the chord in my right hand.
This short video will show you the notes of the C minor chord, how to play it and you'll also be able to hear what it sounds like.
You can use the standard chord fingering - thumb, middle finger and pinkie (1 3 5 in piano finger numbers) - for this chord.
The standard fingering for a chord doesn't have to be used all the time but I recommend using it as a beginner to get it into your muscle memory. And then branch out after then.
With piano chord titles, capitals matter. So any time you see a lowercase m, it refers to something minor.
So, Cm, F#m, Bbm, are all minor chords.
Cm7, F#m7, Bbm7 are all minor seventh chords.
Capital M's are used to refer to something major. For example, CM7 is C major seventh.
What you usually don't see if a capital M for just a major chord. For example, CM. If you see this, you may need to play the chord to see if it's correct in terms of the other chords around it. It could be incorrect with someone writing a capital M in place of a lowercase m. And if you're not sure, trying finding another chord sheet for that song and compare the two.
When you see a slash chord, the note that comes after the slash is your bass note for the left hand.
So for Cm/G, play the note G as your lowest left hand note (bass note) and the Cm chord notes (C Eb G) above that.
When you see Cm/Eb, it means to play Eb as the lowest note in the left hand. It's your bass note. And play the other notes of the chord about that.
Usually, C would be your bass note but in this case, they're going for a different sound and you play Eb instead.
Here are some good, basic chord progressions to practice the Cm chord with:
Cm Chord Progression 1:
Cm Fm Eb G
Cm Chord Progression 2:
Cm Eb Bb Gm
Cm Chord Progression 3:
Eb Ab Cm Bb
Inversions are great to practice and C minor chord inversions at a good intermediate level.
The inversions for the Cm chord are:
Root position: C Eb G
1st Inversion: Eb G C
2nd Inversion: G C Eb
There are 2 ways to understand the chord theory behind a minor chord.
First, you can use the C minor scale. C minor chord is built off of the first, third and fifth notes of the minor scale.
Second, you can use the major scale - in this case, C major scale. We want to take the first, third and fifth notes of the major scale (C E G) and then lower the 3rd note by one semi-tone. This means E becomes Eb. And that's how we get the minor chord, C Eb G.
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