F Dominant 7th Piano Chord

Root
F
3rd
A
Min 7th
Eb
5th
C
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
F
A
C
Eb

The Notes in an F Dominant Chord

The Root

The root is the bottom note of the chord, the starting point to which the other notes relate. The root of an F Dominant chord is F.

The 3rd

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

Finding A from F step by step:

  • Start on: F
  • Step 1: move up to Gb
  • Step 2: move up to G
  • Step 3: move up to Ab
  • Step 4: Land on A
3rd
A
Root
F
1
2
3
  • Gb is a minor second above F.
  • G is a major 2nd above F.
  • Ab is a minor third above F.
  • A is a major third above F.

The Min 7th

The minor seventh of an F Dominant chord is Eb. The minor seventh is down two half-steps from the Root.

Finding Eb from F step by step:

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

The Inversions of F Dominant

Root Position

Root
F
3rd
A
Min 7th
Eb
5th
C
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
F
A
C
Eb

1st Inversion

3rd
A
5th
C
Min 7th
Eb
Root
F
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
A
C
Eb
F

2nd Inversion

5th
C
Min 7th
Eb
Root
F
3rd
A
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
C
Eb
F
A

3rd Inversion

Min 7th
Eb
Root
F
3rd
A
5th
C
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
Eb
F
A
C

How to find F 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
F
Root
F
4th
Bb

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
F
Min 7th
Eb
3rd
A

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

Other F Chords