D Minor Piano Chord

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

The Notes in a D 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 D Minor chord is D.

The Min 3rd

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

Finding F from D step by step:

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

The 5th

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

Finding A from D step by step:

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

The Inversions of D Minor

Root Position

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

1st Inversion

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

2nd Inversion

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

Other Minor Chords

Other D Chords