Db Minor 7th Piano Chord

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

The Notes in a Db Minor 7th 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 Minor 7th chord, the root is Db!

The Min 3rd

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

Finding Fb from Db step by step:

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

The Min 7th

The minor seventh of a Db Minor 7th 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 Minor 7th

Root Position

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

1st Inversion

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

2nd Inversion

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

3rd Inversion

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

How to find Db 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
Db
Root
Db
4th
Gb

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
Db
Min 7th
Cb
Min 3rd
Fb

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 Db Chords