How to Play an Fm Chord on the Piano

Minor Chords

Let’s look at how to play an Fm (“F minor”) chord on the piano. We’ll also learn the pattern for building any other minor chord.

What Are Minor Chords?

Minor chords are similar to major chords, except the middle note is lowered 1/2 step.

So one way to build a minor chord is to find the matching major chord, then lower the middle note 1/2 step.

Since we can build major chords with the first, third and fifth notes of the matching major scale, another way to build a minor chord is by finding the first, third and fifth notes of the matching major scale, and then lowering the middle note 1/2 step.

You can learn how to build a major scale here.

How to Play an Fm Chord on the Piano

To build an F minor chord, we’ll first build an F major chord using the first, third and fifth notes of the F major scale: F – A – C

Then we’ll lower the middle note A, 1/2 step down to A♭.

So to play an F minor chord, we’ll play: F – A♭ – C

fm chord piano

We can use this pattern to build any other minor chord! We can first build a major chord using the first, third and fifth notes of the matching major scale. Then we can lower the middle note 1/2 step.

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
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 an Fm chord on the piano, and you can use that knowledge to build any other minor chord!

Minor chords add a lot of richness to music, and are lots of fun to use when playing creatively with chords.

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