D♭ minor

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

How to play D♭ minor on the piano

The keyboard of a piano features black keys in groups of two and three. If you look at the groups of two, the black key on the left is D♭, the root of D♭ minor.

To play the D♭ minor chord, you'll use the notes D♭, F♭, and A♭. With your right hand, use the following fingers:

A♭ - Fifth finger (5)
F♭ - Third finger (3)
D♭ - First finger (1)

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

A♭ - First finger (1)
F♭ - Third finger (3)
D♭ - Fifth finger (5)

Depending on the piece of music that you're playing, you might find it easier to use different fingers. To see how the chord is built, watch our video above.

What are the inversions of D♭ minor?

We've already learned the root position of D♭ minor, but the chord has two inversions. To play the 1st and 2nd inversions of the chord, follow the steps below.

How to play the 1st inversion of D♭ minor

For the 1st inversion of D♭ minor, place the F♭ as the lowest note. Play the chord by using the following fingers of your right hand:

D♭ - Fifth finger (5)
A♭ - Second finger (2)
F♭ - First finger (1)

How to play the 2nd inversion of D♭ minor

The 2nd inversion of D♭ minor can be played by placing the A♭ as the lowest note in the chord. Use the following fingers to play the inversion with your right hand:

F♭ - Fifth finger (5)
D♭ - Third finger (3)
A♭ - First finger (1)

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