Db Dominant 7th Piano Chord

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

The Notes in a Db Dominant Chord

The Root

This is one is easy. All you have to do to find the root of a chord is look at the name of the chord. It's the first part of the name! If it's a Db Dominant chord, the root is Db!

The 3rd

The third of a Db Dominant chord is F. The third is up four half-steps from the Root.

Finding F from Db step by step:

  • Start on: Db
  • Step 1: move up to D
  • Step 2: move up to Eb
  • Step 3: move up to Fb
  • Step 4: Land on F
3rd
F
Root
Db
1
2
3
  • D is a minor second above Db.
  • Eb is a major 2nd above Db.
  • Fb is a minor third above Db.
  • F is a major third above Db.

The Min 7th

The minor seventh of a Db Dominant chord is Cb. The minor seventh is down two half-steps from the Root.

Finding Cb from Db step by step:

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

The Inversions of Db Dominant

Root Position

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

1st Inversion

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

2nd Inversion

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

3rd Inversion

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

How to find Db Dominant 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
Db
Root
Db
4th
Gb

Step 2) Move the right hand down

Move the root a whole-step down (two keys to the left on the piano) and the other note (the fourth) a half-step to the left (on key down on the piano).

Root
Db
Min 7th
Cb
3rd
F

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 Dominant 7th Chords