How to Play a B Flat Minor Seventh Chord on the Piano

Minor Seventh Chords

Let’s look at how to play a B flat minor seventh chord on the piano. We’ll also learn the pattern for building any other minor seventh chord.

What Are Minor Seventh Chords?

Minor seventh chords are minor chords with an added note. The added note is the seventh note of the matching major scale, lowered 1/2 step.

We can build a minor chord by first building the matching major chord using the first, third and fifth notes of the matching major scale. Then to turn the major chord into a minor chord, we’ll lower the middle note 1/2 step.

Then to convert the minor chord into a minor seventh chord, we’ll find the seventh note of the matching major scale, lower it 1/2 step, and add it to the chord.

How to Play a B Flat Minor Seventh Chord on the Piano

So to build a B flat minor seventh chord, we’ll first build a B flat minor chord. We can build a B flat minor chord by building a B flat major chord using the first, third and fifth notes of the B flat major scale: B♭ – D – F. Then we’ll convert the B flat major chord into a B flat minor chord by lowering the middle note 1/2 step: B♭ – D♭ – F

Next we’ll find the seventh note of the B flat major scale, A, and lower it 1/2 step to A♭, and then add it to the chord.

So to play a B flat minor seventh chord, we’ll play:

B♭ – D♭ – F – A♭

b flat minor seventh chord piano

We can use this pattern to build any other minor seventh chord! We can first build a minor chord by building the matching major chord, and then lowering the middle note 1/2 step. Then we can find the seventh note of the matching major scale, lower it 1/2 step, and add it to the chord.

Chord Fingering

To play this chord with your right hand, you can use fingers 1 – 2 – 3 – 5. Or to play it with your left hand, you can use fingers 5 – 3 – 2 – 1 (thumbs are 1’s).

Other Seventh Chords

Since there are different types of seventh chords, it can help to compare their differences:

Seventh chords are major chords with an added note. The added note is the seventh note of the matching major scale, lowered 1/2 step.

So a B♭7 chord is: B♭ – D – F – A♭

Major seventh chords are major chords with an added note. The added note is the seventh note of the matching major scale.

So a B♭maj7 chord is: B♭ – D – F – A

Minor seventh chords are minor chords with an added note. The added note is the seventh note of the matching major scale, lowered 1/2 step.

So a B♭m7 chord is: B♭ – D♭ – F – A♭

chord types piano printable pdf

Chord Types Printable

Learn to play 17 types of piano chords using 12 different root notes with this 34-page PDF! Chords are sorted both by their root note (C, D, E, etc.) and type (major, minor, augmented, diminished, etc.).

Other Chord Types

Some other chord types you can learn are:

Major
Minor
Augmented
Diminished
Second
Minor Second
Suspended
Fifth
Sixth
Minor Sixth
Seventh
Major Seventh
Ninth
Minor Ninth
Major Ninth

Conclusion

Now you know how to build a B flat minor seventh chord on the piano, and you can use this knowledge to build any other minor seventh chord!

Using chords to learn the piano is a wonderful way to be creative and enjoy music!

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