C Minor Piano Chord

Root
C
Min 3rd
Eb
5th
G
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
C
Eb
G

The Notes in a C Minor Chord

The Root

The root is the bottom note of the chord, the starting point to which the other notes relate. The root of a C Minor chord is C.

The Min 3rd

The minor third of a C Minor chord is Eb. The minor third is up three half-steps from the Root.

Finding Eb from C step by step:

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

The 5th

The fifth of a C Minor chord is G. The fifth is down five half-steps from the Root.

Finding G from C step by step:

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

The Inversions of C Minor

Root Position

Root
C
Min 3rd
Eb
5th
G
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
C
Eb
G

1st Inversion

Min 3rd
Eb
5th
G
Root
C
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
Eb
G
C

2nd Inversion

5th
G
Root
C
Min 3rd
Eb
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
G
C
Eb

Other Minor Chords

Other C Chords