All Minor Chords By Color

About This Lesson

Learning the Minor Triads (three note chords)

It’s a lot easier to learn your triads in groups than it is to learn them one by one.  Luckily there are white and black notes on the piano that give us great pictures of how each chord is created.  Take time to study each of these groups while playing them on the piano.

Minor Triad Groups

White White White
Dm = D F A
Em = E G B
Am = A C E

White Black White
Cm = C Eb G
Fm = F Ab C
Gm = G Bb D

Black White Black (Oreo)
C#m = C# E G#
F#m = F# A C#
G#m = G# B D#   -or-   Abm = Ab Cb Eb
*While playing the piano notice how both of these chords play the same notes.
**Also notice that Cb is really just the note “B”.  You have to call it Cb because of music theory.

Black Black Black
Ebm = Eb Gb Bb

Black Black White
Bbm = Bb Db F

White White Black
Bm = B D F#

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