A Minor

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The A minor chord is a triad formed from a root (A), a minor third (C) and a perfect fifth (E).

How to play A minor on the piano

The A minor chord features no black keys, making it easy for beginners to learn and use. To find the root of the chord, look for the black keys in groups of three on the keyboard. The white key between the middle and right black key is A, the root of A minor.

A minor features the following notes: A, C, and E. With your right hand, you would use the following fingers to play the chord in its root position:

E - Fifth finger (5)
C - Third finger (3)
A - First finger (1)

To play the chord with your left hand, use the following fingers:

E - First finger (1)
C - Third finger (3)
A - Fifth finger (5)

Playing the chord with different fingers might be easier depending on the piece of music you're playing. To get a better feel for how the chord is built, look at our video above.

What are the inversions of A minor?

When you rearrange the order of the notes in the A minor chord, you make inversions. The 1st and 2nd inversions of the chord can be played on the piano by following the steps below.

How to play the 1st inversion of A minor

If you place the C as the lowest note in an A minor chord, you'll play its 1st inversion. Use the following fingers to play it with your right hand:

A - Fifth finger (5)
E - Second finger (2)
C - First finger (1)

How to play the 2nd inversion of A minor

To play the 2nd inversion of the chord, place the E as the lowest note and use the folllowing fingers in your right hand:

C - Fifth finger (5)
A - Third finger (3)
E - First finger (1)

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