F minor

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

How to play F minor on the piano

To find the root note of F minor, you'll need to find the F on the keyboard. If you look at the black keys in groups of three, the white key immediately to the left of the group is the F.

F minor is made up of the following notes: F, A♭, and C. To play the root position chord with your right hand, use the following fingers:

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

With the left hand, F minor is played using the following fingers:

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

In some cases, the music you're playing may require you to play the chord with different fingers than displayed here. To get a sense of how the chord is built, watch the video we've included above.

What are the inversions of F minor?

To play the inversions of F minor, you simply rearrange the order of the notes in the chord. Learn how to play the 1st and 2nd inversions of F minor below.

How to play the 1st inversion of F minor

The 1st inversion of F minor puts the A♭ as the lowest note in the chord. With your right hand, you can play the inversion using the following fingers:

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

How to play the 2nd inversion of F minor

Put the C as the lowest note to play the 2nd inversion of F minor. To play the inversion with your right hand, use the following fingers:

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

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