Bb Minor 7th Piano Chord

Root
Bb
Min 3rd
Db
Min 7th
Ab
5th
F
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
Bb
Db
F
Ab

The Notes in a Bb Minor 7th Chord

The Root

You'll have no trouble finding the root of a Bb Minor 7th chord, because it's what gives a Bb Minor 7th chord it's name: It's the note Bb.

The Min 3rd

The minor third of a Bb Minor 7th chord is Db. The minor third is up three half-steps from the Root.

Finding Db from Bb step by step:

  • Start on: Bb
  • Step 1: move up to B
  • Step 2: move up to C
  • Step 3: Land on Db
Min 3rd
Db
Root
Bb
1
2
  • B is a minor second above Bb.
  • C is a major 2nd above Bb.
  • Db is a minor third above Bb.

The Min 7th

The minor seventh of a Bb Minor 7th chord is Ab. The minor seventh is down two half-steps from the Root.

Finding Ab from Bb step by step:

  • Start on: Bb
  • Step 1: move down to A
  • Step 2: Land on Ab
Min 7th
Ab
Root
Bb
1
  • A is a minor second below Bb.
  • Ab is a major 2nd below Bb. The min 7th is down a major 2nd? Confusing, right? The note Ab is down 2 half-steps from Bb, but up 10 half-steps from Bb:
Min 7th
Ab
Root
Bb
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9

The Inversions of Bb Minor 7th

Root Position

Root
Bb
Min 3rd
Db
Min 7th
Ab
5th
F
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
Bb
Db
F
Ab

1st Inversion

Min 3rd
Db
5th
F
Min 7th
Ab
Root
Bb
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
Db
F
Ab
Bb

2nd Inversion

5th
F
Min 7th
Ab
Root
Bb
Min 3rd
Db
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
F
Ab
Bb
Db

3rd Inversion

Min 7th
Ab
Root
Bb
Min 3rd
Db
5th
F
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
Ab
Bb
Db
F

How to find Bb Minor 7th with my three-finger-method

This is the method taught in my book "How to Speed Read Piano Chord Symbols"

Step 1) Use the Fourth

Find the Root and the Fourth up from the Root. (See my tutorial on finding fourths).

Root
Bb
Root
Bb
4th
Eb

Step 2) Move the right hand down

Move both fingers in right hand a whole-step down (two keys to the left on the piano). (A half-step is the next key.)

Root
Bb
Min 7th
Ab
Min 3rd
Db

How to Find 7th Chords with Nate's Three Finger Method

  • Major 7th chords: bring both fingers down a half-step
  • Minor 7th chords: bring both fingers down a whole-step
  • Dominant 7th chords: bring the Root down a whole-step, the fourth down a half-step
  • Diminished 7th chords: bring the Root down a minor third, the fourth down a whole-step

If you would like to learn more about my method, pick up "How to Speed Read Piano Chord Symbols".

Other Minor 7th Chords

Other Bb Chords