C♯ minor

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

How to play C♯ minor on the piano

To play the C♯ minor chord, you'll first need to find the root of the chord. Look at the black keys in groups of two. The black key to the right, between C and D, is C♯. From there, you can build the chord.

The C♯ minor chord has the following notes: C♯, E, and G♯. To play the chord with your right hand, use the following fingers:

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

With your left hand, play the chord using the following fingers:

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

The piece of music you're playing may require you to play the chord with different fingers. To get a sense of how the chord sounds, watch our video above.

What are the inversions of C♯ minor?

Beyond the root position of C♯ minor, you can also play the chord with two inversions. To play the 1st and 2nd inversions of the chord, follow the steps below.

How to play the 1st inversion of C♯ minor

Place the E as the lowest note in the chord to play the 1st inversion of C♯ minor. With your right hand, you can play the chord using the following fingers:

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

How to play the 2nd inversion of C♯ minor

If you place the G♯ as the lowest note in the chord, you can start to form the 2nd inversion of C♯ minor. Play the chord with your right hand using the following fingers:

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

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