Minor Seventh Chords
Let’s look at how to play a Dm7 (D minor seventh) chord on the piano. We’ll also learn the pattern for building any minor seventh chord.
What Are Minor Seventh Chords?
So to build a minor seventh chord, we’ll start by building a minor chord. Minor chords are built using the first, third and fifth notes of the matching minor scale (learn how to build minor scales here).
How to Play a Dm7 Chord
Now let’s build a Dm7 chord on the piano. We’ll start by playing a D minor chord using the first, third and fifth notes of a D minor scale: D – F – A.
These are also the notes we get if we start with a D major chord (D – F♯ – A), and lower the middle note 1/2 step.
So to play a Dm7 chord, we’ll play:
D – F – A – C
Other Chord Types
There are many other chord types you can learn. Here are some others:
Now you know how to build a Dm7 chord on the piano, and you can use this pattern to build any minor seventh chord.
Using chords to learn the piano is a wonderful way to see patterns and possibilities on the piano!