How To Play Gm Piano Chord (G Minor Chord)

Gm piano chord is pretty common and a great one to know - especially if you like playing in flats! It is a minor chord and has the notes: G Bb D.

You'll find lots on the G minor piano chord here including:

  • Gm piano chord notes
  • Gm piano chord chart
  • how to play the chord (video)
  • which fingers to use for Gm
  • Gm/Bb chord
  • Gm/D chord
  • G minor chord progressions
  • chord inversions for Gm
  • and some chord theory

Gm Piano Chord Notes

The Gm piano chord notes are G Bb D. 

While you can play this chord in either the left hand or the right hand, keep G as the lowest note overall. 

If you are learning Gm and only playing chords in your left hand, this is a good time to start expanding into playing chords in the right hand as you've likely got a bit of a foundation now. 

Gm Piano Chord Chart

Gm chord notes on the treble clef and on the piano keys:

Gm Piano Chord Notes

How to Play Gm Chord on Piano

This short video will show you how to play the Gm chord on the piano:

Gm Piano Chord Finger Positions

When you play the G minor chord, you can use the standard fingering for major and minor chords. 

Use fingers 1, 3 and 5, or thumb, middle finger and pinkie, for the G minor chord. 

This is a good standard way to play this chord however, you don't always have to play it this way. These finger positions are a great foundation. 

Gm Piano Chord Finger Positions

Gm/Bb Piano Chord

If you see Gm/Bb, play Bb as your lowest note in the left hand. Bb is your bass note. 

The rest of the notes of the chord will come above that in any order. 

If you are playing the Gm chord in left hand only, you'll need to play it as an inversion (see below) in order for Bb to be at the bottom. 

Gm/D Piano Chord

If you see Gm/D, it means that D needs to be the bass note - the lowest note your left hand plays. 

The rest of the notes of the Gm chord will come above that. 

G Minor Piano Chord Progressions

Here are some good, basic chord progressions to practice the Gm chord with:

Gm Chord Progression 1:

Gm  Cm  Bb  D

Gm Chord Progression 2:

Gm  Bb F  Dm

Gm Chord Progression 3:

Bb  Eb  Gm  F

G Minor Piano Chord Inversions

Chord inversions are standard ways to play and practice the different positions you can play a chord in.

You can play the notes of the Gm chord anywhere, but learning inversions is a great way to get the muscle memory needed to change from chord to chord quickly.

Gm Piano Chord Inversions

The Gm piano chord inversions are:

Root: G Bb D

1st Inversion: Bb D G

2nd Inversion: D G Bb

Chord Theory for G Minor Chord

G minor and Bb major share a key signature - 2 flats, Bb and Eb. 

To play in the key of G minor means you play both of those flats. 

You can easily find a minor chord from a major chord and this is easy to do with Gm since the G chord is so common. 

The G chord, a major chord, is G B D. You can turn this into a minor chord by "lowering the 3rd". This is referring to the 3rd note of the G major scale - B. Lowering B by one semi-tome means that B becomes Bb. And that's how we get G Bb and D. The G minor chord. 

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