F Minor Piano Chord

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

The Notes in an F Minor Chord

The Root

The root of the chord is always the easiest to find because it's in the name of the chord! The root of an F Minor chord is F.

The Min 3rd

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

Finding Ab from F step by step:

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

The 5th

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

Finding C from F step by step:

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

The Inversions of F Minor

Root Position

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

1st Inversion

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

2nd Inversion

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

Other Minor Chords

Other F Chords