Let’s look at how to play a D minor chord on the piano. We’ll also learn the pattern for building any minor chord.
What Are Minor Chords? Minor chords are built using the first, third and fifth notes of the matching minor scale.
learn how to build a minor scale here.
And while there are three types of minor scales
(natural, harmonic, and melodic), it doesn’t matter which scale you use to build a minor chord. The first, third and fifth notes of all three scales will be the same.
Another way to build a
minor chord is to take the matching major chord and lower the middle note 1/2 step. 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.). How to Play a Dm Chord
So to play a Dm chord on the piano, we’ll play the first, third and fifth notes of the D minor scale: D – F – A
These are also the notes we get if we take a
D major chord and lower the middle note 1/2 step. D – F – A
You can use this pattern to build any minor chord. Just find the first, third and fifth notes of the matching
minor scale. Or you can take the matching major chord and lower the middle note 1/2 step. Other Chord Types
There are many other chord types you can learn. Here are some others:
Major Augmented Diminished Second Minor Second Suspended Fifth Sixth Minor Sixth Seventh Minor Seventh Major Seventh Ninth Minor Ninth Major Ninth Conclusion
Now you know how to build a Dm chord on the piano, and you can use this pattern to build any minor chord.
Minor chords sound really introspective and somber at the piano, and they’re a wonderful complement to major chords.